aqa Applied Science (level 3)
Level 3 Certificate and Extended Certificate
This course provides students with a broad understanding of vocationally-related sciences. It is suitable alongside other A-Level sciences or Level 3 vocational qualifications.
Students develop their knowledge and understanding of scientific principles, as well as practical skills recognised by higher education institutions and employers. Students acquire transferable skills, such as problem-solving, research and communication. The qualification is equal to one GCE A-Level.
It provides a sound basis for progression to a range of science-based Higher Education courses. The qualification also maintains and supports recognised standards demanded for science education and training to meet the requirements of many employers in the science sector.
Minimum GCSE of 4/5 in Combined Science, plus 5 in English.
Teachers from each specialism teach the course to Year 12 and Year 13, with nine lessons per fortnight.
- Key Concepts in Science
- Experimental Techniques
- Science in the Modern World
- Human Body
- Investigating Science
All subjects are mandatory and are completed over two years.
Units 1, 2 and 3. Assessment consists of an exam covering basic scientific principles, six full experimental reports and an exam using a pre-released case study as stimulus.
Units 4, 5 and 6. Assessment consists of an exam on the human body and practical assignments and reports on Investigations in Science.
Please note this course is one year only in the first instance. Only upon successful completion of the first year, will students be invited to complete the second-year qualification.
Exam Board: AQA
Are you interested in:
- How things work?
- Doing experiments?
- How science is used in the real world?
- The human body?
- Laboratory work?
Leading to a career in:
- Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare
- Medical and Laboratory technician
- Sports Science
- Chemical industry
- Food and Catering industry
This subject goes well with:
- Health and Social Care
- Physical Education
- Environmental Science
Click below to learn about the course from Applied Science student, Seth.