Course overview

BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Applied Science City of Bristol College

This is a full-time, one-year Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Applied Science. The course will give you an engaging, robust, broad-based introduction to applied science principles.

This course for school leavers aged 16-18.

You will study English and Maths alongside your practical science learning. This will help you progress onto Level 3 courses.

Dates and applications

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BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Applied Science College Green Centre
Course Code
02/09/2024 - 19/06/2025
1 years
Date/Day(s) Being Finalised
Hours per week
Start Time
College Green Centre
This course is still in its planning phase; course details - including fee information - are subject to change. In June, course details will be finalised and enrolment will open.
Course Code Dates Duration Days Hours per week Start Time Location Fee
LGF1662C01-1 02/09/2024 - 19/06/2025 1 years Date/Day(s) Being Finalised 9.83 09:15 College Green Centre
This course is still in its planning phase; course details - including fee information - are subject to change. In June, course details will be finalised and enrolment will open.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is for young people aged 16-18 who may wish to explore a vocational route through a full-time course.

This course is designed to inspire and enthuse school leavers who wish to achieve a career in the science sector, develop the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the industry and support progression to more specialised Level 3 courses.

What you'll learn

This course will allow you to understand theory and application.

You will cover modules such as:

  • the principles of science
  • health applications of life science
  • scientific skills
  • how scientific theories are formulated
  • investigating a crime scene.

Employers value employees who are able to communicate effectively both verbally and using electronic communication methods. The qualification provides opportunities for you to develop your communication skills as you progress through the course. This can be achieved through presentations and in discussions where you have the opportunity to express your opinions.

Course entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade 3 or above, including Maths and/or English or a Level 1 Diploma in a relevant subject plus GCSEs in Maths and/or English, or a Functional Skills qualification in Maths and/or English.

We will invite you to a Course information meeting event where you will receive information, advice, and guidance about the course you have applied for. This will be an opportunity for you to gain valuable information about the course and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

You will provide a copy of your last school report and/or a reference from an employer or relevant professional other. This is to ensure we can support you to be able to achieve well on the course.

Some Level 2 Technical qualifications may require a slightly higher entry requirement based on the specific content of the course. This may include having English or Maths at Grade 4

We are firmly committed to finding the right course for you to ensure that you can flourish.

Talk to us today if you have any concerns about the application process; we are here to help take you to the next level.

You will be given an initial assessment before joining the course. Your assessment results and previous learning will determine the level you study at.


How is the course delivered and assessed?

During this course, you will carry out vocationally specific workplace case-study materials, listen to visiting speakers and local employers and use trade journals to study. The Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Applied Science has eight mandatory units and a choice of eight units from 16 optional specialist units.

You will be assessed through internally-assessed assignments and external exams.

Future career and study opportunities

After successfully completing this course, you can move on to seek employment at a junior level in companies which manufacture pharmaceuticals, computer-chip technology materials or food products. You can also work for companies which investigate the causes of diseases or help to combat pollution.

You could progress from this qualification to related vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Level 3 Diploma and extended Diploma, specifically the Pearson BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science, including the Forensic Science and Medical Science endorsed pathways from which our students then pursue courses such as nursing, midwifery, radiography, forensics, psychology.

Additional costs

As a City of Bristol College student, you may incur additional costs to attend your course. For example, it is likely you may need to pay for travel and stationery.

Applied Science students need to pay for a City of Bristol College lab coat.

Many courses offer learning opportunities that you may need to pay for. This may include things like study visits and visiting speakers. We will let you know in advance if there will be additional costs.

If you are on a limited income, you may be able to receive help from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

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