BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Exam Board: Edexcel

During the first term you will be learning content for an externally assessed examination in January on Cells, Chemical Properties, and Waves.

After Christmas you will be preparing for an externally marked practical assessment in May on any topic from Electrical Circuits and Energy, Burning Fuels, Enzymes or Diffusion.  You will have to plan an experiment, obtain data and then evaluate the procedure and collected data under exam conditions. 

In Year 13 you will complete the remaining assignments on Astrophysics and a Lab techniques assignment which are all internally marked. There will be an option to boost your grade by re-sitting an externally marked exam in June if necessary.


50% coursework / 50% examination


General college entry requirements plus recommended grade 4 or above in GCSE Science qualifications.

Where can it lead?

University courses

Nursing and midwifery/Health Sciences/Natural and Environmental Science


The course also opens up opportunities for apprenticeships with companies in the science industry e.g. chemical science/pharmaceutical development/laboratory technician/Research and development

Career paths

Environmental engineer/Higher education lecturer/Medical sales representative/Nanotechnologist/Science writer