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Applied Science

Applied Science

Applied Science


Specification: AQA Level 3 Extended Certificate (360 GLH (TVQ01029))


Qualification type: Applied General Qualification


Entry criteria (GCSE grades)

Science 5&5, and 5 in English and Maths


Subject description

Applied Science is a broad-based qualification which gives a general vocational introduction to Science. Candidates can experience the scientific environment through work experience, case studies, research and vocational visits. Learners will cover topics such as:

  • scientific principles associated with the application of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • experimental and practical techniques
  • the roles and skills of scientists, and the public and media perception of science

Each unit within the qualification has an applied purpose which acts as a focus for the learning in the unit. It will enable learners to learn in such a way that they gain:

  • skills required for independent learning and development
  • the ability to solve problems
  • the skills of project-based research, development and presentation
  • the ability to apply mathematical and ICT skills


Year 12 units studied

Three mandatory units:

  • Key concepts in science – written exam
  • Applied experimental techniques – portfolio
  • Science in the modern world – written exam with pre-release material

It is possible to certificate at the end of Year 12 with a Level 3 Certificate in Applied Science.


Year 13 units studied

Two mandatory units plus an optional one:

  • The human body – written exam
  • Investigating science – portfolio
  • Optional unit on Microbiology, Medical Physics or Organic Chemistry - portfolio


How the course is assessed

Portfolio work 50% (33% in Year 12 and 66% in Year 13), written exams 50% (66% in Year 12 and 33% in Year 13)

The course is graded using the Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* system. The Extended Certificate is equivalent to one GCE A Level, and the course carries UCAS points.


Post-18 opportunities

Progression to science-related courses in further or higher education, including healthcare professions biotechnology fields, forensics and many more.


Teacher responsible:  Mr T Moore