The Extended Certificate in Applied Science is the equivalent of one A level. It is a two year course and is recognised by UCAS and universities. UCAS points are awarded to the qualification with a pass being awarded 16 points, a merit 32 points, a distinction 48 points and a distinction* 56 points. This makes the awards the same as an E, C, A and an A* at A level respectively.
- 4 units are studied over two years, these are principles and applications of Science, practical scientific procedures and techniques, science investigation skills and one optional unit which will be selected by the course teachers based upon the strengths and interests of the learners in the group. The principles and applications of science unit is assessed through a written exam and is marked out of 90. This forms 25% of the qualification and a pass grade must be achieved. The science investigation skills unit is assessed through a task set by and marked by the exam board. It is carried out in class under controlled conditions and sent to the examiners. The other units are coursework based and are assessed internally by the teachers delivering the course. This is then moderated by an internal moderator. Edexcel may request samples for moderation.
What could this qualification lead to?
The requirements of the qualification will mean that learners develop the transferable and higher order skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example, when studying Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills, learners will develop skills including how to plan investigations, collecting, analysing, and presenting data and communicating results which support some of the skills learners need to progress to higher education, employment, self-employment or training.
The qualification can be taken as part of a diverse programme, leaving progression options fully open. It can also give context to subjects which would benefit from some scientific background. This will depend on the combination of qualifications chosen. For example, taken alongside:
- A Level in Psychology and BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport to progress to sport psychology courses.
- BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care to progress to nursing courses.
- BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science to progress to sport and exercise science courses.
- A Levels in Geography and Computing to progress to geography or environmental science courses.
Minimum Grade 4 in English, Maths and Science