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Joseph Leckie Academy

  • Leadership, Empathy, Community, Kindness, Integrity & Environment

BTEC Science (Single & Double)

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 5 grade 5 (new grading structure) at GCSE or equivalent.  Grade 5 or equivalent in your chosen study subject is preferred.

Course Description

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science

This course consists of three mandatory units plus optional units that provide a combined total of 360 learning hours, which is equivalent to 1 A level ( 5 hours per week).

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science

This course consists of six mandatory units plus two optional units that provide a combined total of 720 learning hours which is equivalent to 2 A levels (10 hours per week).

There are a wide range of optional units to choose from which range from Scientific Practical Skills, Astronomy, Diseases and Infections, Microbiology, Genetics and Genetic Engineering.


Some units are assessed by way of a formal external examination (Pearson).  Other assignments are assessed internally using a range of assessment materials and then moderated externally in June.   Each unit carries equal weighting towards the final grade.

Career Opportunities

  • Environmental Science
  • Engineering
  • Teaching
  • Nursing
  • Caring
  • Social Work
  • Agriculture
  • Veterinary
  • Physiotherapy
  • Research
  • Forensics
  • Pharmacology
  • Food and Drink Industry
  • Computer Science
  • Hospital Administration

Course Details

For more information please see Mrs S Raju, Head of Science (01922) 721071 ext. 328. Email: