Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject
The level 3 extended certificate in applied science provides students with a fundamental understanding of key scientific concepts in biology, chemistry and physics. The course will enhance the students’ understanding from GCSE and develop their knowledge to a higher level.
The course provides a variety of assessment methods, including a written examination on scientific theory (Unit 1), a portfolio based on scientific practical work completed at the centre (Unit 2) the examination on pre-release material (unit 3). During year 2 students will complete two mandatory units: The Human body system (unit 4) and Investigating Science (unit 5). Human body systems will be assessed by exam whilst Investigating Science is through collection of evidence of practical work in a portfolio format. One unit from the optional units must be chosen to fulfil the qualification; options include: Microbiology (unit 6a), Medical Physics (6b) and Organic Chemistry (6c).
Through the different styles of assessment pupils will develop a range of skills and will be required to independently take responsibility for their own development
This course is assessed through 66% written examinations in the first year (Key scientific concepts and Science in the modern world), along with 33% portfolio work (Applied scientific techniques). In the second year there is a further examination (The Human body system), plus an optional unit of portfolio work (Investigating science, microbiology, medical physics or organic chemistry).
Additional Course Entry Requirements
Students need to achieve grade 6 in GCSE science, plus a grade 5 in mathematics.
Progression and career opportunities
Pupils will be able to study an array of scientific degree courses at university and have gained both practical skills and academic understanding that will aid them in undertaking apprenticeships or employment.