BTEC First Extended Certificate in Applied Science Level 2

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area



Mode of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time

City of Newport Campus

Start Date

Start Date
02 September 2024


1 year

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs grade D or above to include a science subject and either Maths/Numeracy or English/Welsh 1st Language; or an appropriate Level 1 Diploma qualification in the relevant vocational area to include either GCSE Maths/Numeracy or English/Wel

In a nutshell

If you are interested in science, this course is for you. The Level 2 Applied Science covers all three sciences, giving you cutting edge and up to date scientific knowledge. It will introduce you to working in the sector or prepare you for further study.

This course is for you if...

... You have an interest in science

... You wish to develop further understanding

... You want a practical learning style

What will I be doing?

This course covers science in the workplace, the role of the technician or scientific investigator. You’ll study eight mandatory units, two of which include exams:

  • Principles of science (examined)
  • Chemistry and earth
  • Energy and the universe
  • Biology and environment
  • Applications of chemical substances
  • Applications of physical science
  • Health applications in science
  • Scientific skills (examined)

This combination ensures that you cover key concepts in biology, chemistry and physics, along with an understanding of the work environment for science-based occupations.

These key concepts are further developed in the optional specialist units and are transferable to employment sectors such as health, sport science, forensic science and the nutrition industry. These units include:

  • The living body
  • Investigating a crime scene
  • Chemical analysis and detection
  • Exploring our universe

You’ll also be expected to re-sit Science, Mathematics and English GCSE to obtain a C grade, if necessary, for higher level courses.

You’ll achieve the following qualifications:

What is expected of me?

To enrol, you’ll need a minimum of 4 GCSEs grade D or above to include a science subject and either Maths/Maths Numeracy or English/Welsh First Language.

You need to have a keen interest in science and have the enthusiasm and drive to develop your practical and analytical skills and awareness of health and safety. Full commitment to attendance is required. Respect for others, enthusiasm for the subject and self-motivation are the essential qualities we expect to see in all our learners. There is an expectation that you will continue your studies and coursework during your own time.

What comes next?

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Level 3) or Health & Social Care or Health Studies (Level 3).

Additional information

All costs are under review and subject to change.

Where can I study BTEC First Extended Certificate in Applied Science Level 2?

City of Newport Campus
(Full Time)
Start Date: 02 September 2024

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact our Student Recruitment team