Can’t choose which is your favourite between Biology, Chemistry and Physics? Want to go to University but aren’t sure which course to specialise in? Like a mixture of research and exams? Then we have the answer for you: AQA’s Level 3 Applied General Science. Made up of 6 units of work; 50% exams and 50% portfolio work, you will study each of the disciplines of science both practically and theoretically and discover the roles scientists play in everyday life.
The qualification consists of eight units across the two years, six of which are mandatory and three are externally assessed.
Unit 1: Key concepts in science (external unit)
Unit 2: Applied experimental techniques (portfolio)
Unit 3: Science in the modern world (external exam)
Unit 4: The human body (external exam)
Unit 5: Investigating science (portfolio)
Either Unit 6a: Microbiology or Unit 6b: Medical physics or Unit 6c: Organic chemistry (portfolio)
This qualification has five mandatory units and a further unit chosen by the science department in discussion with students. Units 1; 3, (with pre-release material), and 4 are examined externally and each form 16.6% of the overall grade for the Extended Certificate. Units 2, 5 and 6 are internally assessed by school staff. Grades are awarded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.
Grade 5 in GCSE English.
Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics.
Grade 5-5 in GCSE Combined Science.
This qualification will provide learners with a broad understanding of vocationally-related sciences to support progress to higher education. It is suitable for studying alongside substantial academic science qualifications, such as A-level sciences or other Level 3 vocational qualifications. This qualification can also prepare learners to take up employment in the applied science sector, either directly after achieving the qualification or via higher education.
Studying this qualification willenable learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of scientific principles, as well as those scientific practical skills recognised by higher education institutions and employers to be most important. The qualification also offers learners an opportunity to develop transferable skills such as problem-solving, research and communication as part of their applied learning.