applied science

BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science (Forensic Science)

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate
2 years
Curriculum Manager: 
Fiona Revell

What is the BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science (Forensic Science)?

This is an excellent opportunity to develop Level 3 Science skills across the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, however, the emphasis is largely on Applied Chemistry. This two year course will enable you to gain a good understanding of the industrial application of Science and professional roles of scientists in the world of work. A BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate is a practical course. You achieve modules by completing assignments and some time-constrained assessments. The assignments combine practical work, individual research and taught theory, and are based on realistic situations.

You will study three core units plus the equivalent of three 60 guided learning hours (GLH) specialist units over two years covering a range of topics.

The three core units are:

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Working in the Science industry
  • Scientific practical techniques

The specialist units will include:

  • Chemical laboratory techniques
  • Forensic evidence collection and analysis
  • Medical Physics techniques

The Award is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 56 UCAS points.

Is the BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science (Forensic Science) suitable for me?

The course is suitable for students who enjoy science but do not want to specialise totally in one area.

How will I learn?

You will be taught by specialist teachers in The Beacon Science Centre.

How will I be assessed?

The BTEC Extended Certificate is 100% coursework assessed and may include portfolio work - there are no exams. Projects are submitted for marking on a regular basis throughout the course. They are assessed internally by your teachers and then moderated by the board.

Your work will be graded pass, merit or distinction. The BTEC Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 56 UCAS points. The BTEC Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, carries a maximum of 28 UCAS points. 

Students must complete and pass the first year to be awarded a BTEC Certificate and the full 2 years of the course to receive the full BTEC Extended Certificate.

We are aware that Edexcel is currently evaluating the assessment process and there may be the introduction of an examined unit. Further information is unavailable at the current time.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively if you have studied at level 2 you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework. You should have achieved a Grade C or C/C in Science GCSE.

Course costs

£20 for the resource pack per year.



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