Applied Science (BTEC Level 3)

Students choosing Applied Science will study an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning.

The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and aims to give a coherent introduction to study of the applied science sector. Learners who wish to take this qualification will have completed a Level 2 programme of learning with GCSEs or vocational qualifications. It also supports A-Level or Level 3 qualifications in Engineering, Computer Science and Maths.

At UTC South Durham, we deliver the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate specification which focuses on the skills learners need to progress to higher education, employment, self-employment or training.


The BTEC Applied Science specification can be found here.

Entry Requirements

  • Grade 4 in English
  • Grade 4 in Maths
  • Grade 4/5 in GCSE Separates or Combined Science or Level 2 Merit in BTEC Firsts in Applied Science
  • Commitment to independent study


Applied Science is ideal for students who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the applied science sector.

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