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.
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.
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.
Some examples of units studied include:
- Muscles and the skeleton
- Enzymes and the digestive system
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.
Grade 4 in English, Maths and either Grade 4 in Combined Science or two grade 4’s at Triple Science.
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 or midwifery.
- 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.