Applied Science Level 3

Level 3 BTEC/CTEC courses Applied Science Level 3

Did You Know?

There is enough DNA in the average person’s body to stretch from the Sun to Pluto and back- 17 times.

Key Information

Level 3 BTEC/CTEC courses

Two Year Course

Examination Board


“Notre Dame is a great place for Applied Science because you have such a great team of teachers for this course, and there is a helping hand 24/7 which made me quite comfortable when coming up from high school" - Leah Carrick, upper sixth student


BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A-level)
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A-levels)

What do I need to study this course?

Grade 4s in GCSE/Level 2 Science and a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Maths.

What will I study?

You will learn the scientific theory behind and how to perform various practical techniques used in industry, medicine and research. Through these you will develop the transferable higher order skills that are valued by higher education providers and employers. There are two versions of the course that you can take here at Notre Dame. The first option is the Extended Certificate which is the equivalent of 1 A level and takes up one of your option choices. This course is 40% coursework and 60% exam and covers all three sciences with a focus on developing your practical skills as well as your scientific knowledge. The second option is the Extended Diploma which is the equivalent of 3 A levels and takes up all 3 of your option choices. This course is 60% coursework and 40% exam and builds on the Extended Certificate content to allow students to access the vocational pathway onto many University and Higher Apprenticeship courses. 

What next?

There are skills shortages in the science and technology sectors. 40,000 vacancies need filling. Applied Science students have progressed on to a range of university courses such as Biomedical Sciences, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Radiotherapy, Animal Sciences, and Nursing.

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