BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Subject Information

The course is designed for Students who are interested in learning about the science sector alongside other fields of study. It is particularly suitable for students aiming to progress to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in applied science. It can be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.


4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%). The 3 optional units may vary each year.

Unit (number and title) Size (GLH) Type Examined
1 Principles and Applications of Science 1 90 Mandatory External
2 Practical Scientific procedures and techniques 90 Mandatory Internal
3 Scientific Investigation Skills 120 Mandatory External
8 Physiology of Human Body Systems 60 Optional Internal
9 Human Regulation and Reproduction 60 Optional Internal
10 Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways 60 Optional Internal
11 Genetics and Genetic Engineering 60 Optional Internal
12 Diseases and Infections 60 Optional Internal
13 Applications of Inorganic Chemistry 60 Optional Internal
14 Applications of Organic Chemistry 60 Optional Internal
15 Electrical Circuits and their Application 60 Optional Internal
16 Astronomy and Space Science 60 Optional Internal


This qualification is ideal for those wishing to go onto lab based work, for example, in hospitals and industry.  It is also a recognised qualification for entry onto degree courses at University.

Further Information

Please see:

  • Mr Swinney
  • Mr Atkin
  • Mrs Walker
  • Mr Coulson
  • Mr Warren