Level 2 BTEC extended certificate in applied science


One year

If you enjoy science at school and would like to explore this subject further, you will enjoy this course. You will look at applications of chemistry, physical sciences, anatomy and physiology.

Required qualifications

Successful completion of a broad GCSE or equivalent programme, with two A*-D grades in relevant subjects, including science and either English language or mathematics, plus a good school reference.

What will I study?

The full course consists of units including:

  • practical laboratory technician skills
  • the social context of science
  • basic concepts of chemistry, physics and biology

On the course you will:

  • investigate and report on the role of a laboratory technician
  • carry out measurements, observations and calculations in the laboratory
  • research science-based organisations
  • carry out forensic science investigations
  • study astronomy and ecology
  • study the key theories underlying chemistry, physics and physiology

Method of assessment

You will be assessed by internally set and marked coursework and external tests.

What will I be able to progress to?

Students normally progress to the level 3 BTEC extended diploma medical science (applied science). This may lead to higher education and careers in a variety of science-based areas. In exceptional cases, students can progress to an A-level programme.

Other information

You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) form confirming that you have no criminal convictions that prevent you from working with children or vulnerable adults. It will be administered by the college at the start of the course. The cost is £20 (non-refundable).

Students on a level 2 extended certificate will also be studying towards maths and/or English level 2 qualification if they have a grade D or below at GCSE. Students with Grade C and above in both maths and English will undertake the Higher Project qualification alongside their vocational qualification.