L3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Science is the basis for much of our life.  Agricultural science dictates how our food is produced, biomedical science keeps us healthy, physics and mechanical science takes from place to place, even our beds these days are constructed according to scientific principles (or so the ads tell us!).  We almost literally eat, sleep and breathe science!  As we prepare the next generation of consumers, voters, creators, and policy makers it is critical to ensure they are not only comfortable but adept in science.

 “The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions.”― Claude Lévi-Strauss

Entry requirements

Alongside the general entry requirements to Sixth Form, students must have a grade 6 in Separate science or Combined science), a 6 in Maths and have 5 x GCSE (or equivalent) at 6 or above.

Course description

The acknowledged number of guided learning hours for this qualification is 360.

It is made up of five mandatory units, plus one optional unit from a choice of three.

  1. Key concepts in science - Learners will develop an understanding of key concepts relating to biology, chemistry and physics. Centres are encouraged to use practical work to reinforce knowledge and develop learners’ practical skills. Written examination.
  2.  Applied experimental techniques - Learners are introduced to new experimental techniques, reinforcing methods met previously and developing practical skills including accuracy and precision. Learners will research the background to a number of analytical and experimental techniques in an applied or vocational context. Internally assessed.
  3. Science in the modern world - Learners will analyse and evaluate scientific information to develop critical thinking skills and understand the use of the media to communicate scientific ideas and theories. Learners will also find out about scientific careers through the different roles scientists undertake in scientific organisations. Written examination (pre-release sources).
  4. The human body - Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the digestive system, the components of a balanced and imbalanced diet and the effects on health. Assessment focuses on occupations that require knowledge of the human body, such as sports scientists and dieticians.  Written examination.
  5.  Investigating science - Learners gain the opportunity to undertake the role of a research scientist, following standard procedures to complete a scientific investigation. The unit enables learners to demonstrate and extend their scientific knowledge and skills. Learners may choose one investigation from a list of titles or choose their own investigation in consultation with their tutor.  Internally assessed.

Exam Board

  • AQA

Ofqual qualification number 601/7105/4

AQA qualification number TVQ01029


  • http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/applied-general/science


Each unit is worth 16.6% of the final grade.  3 units are externally assessed, 3 are internally assessed.

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