Applied Science – Level 3 Certificate

Key elements of the new qualifications:

  • There will be two qualifications: a Certificate of 180 guided learning hours (equivalent to an AS) and an Extended Certificate of 360 guided learning hours (equivalent to an A-level).
  • Both qualifications will count towards performance tables and UCAS points.
  • They will contain a broad balance of biology, chemistry and physics, with a wide range of practical activities.

General view from AQA:

It will offer opportunities for broader skills development giving it a significant edge over A-level in that regard, and delivered appropriately will produce well-rounded scientific thinkers who will be able to progress to scientific careers via a range of HE pathways.

What could this qualification lead to?
This qualification is supported by a range of universities, and taken alongside other qualifications it can fulfil the entry requirements for a number of science-related higher education courses, including biomedical, forensic and sports science, as well as nursing. In addition, the qualification is eligible for UCAS points (ucas.com).

AQA Level 3 Certificate in Applied Science – unit summary

66.6% external assessed (unit 1 and 3)
33.3% internally assessed (unit 2)
Learners will cover topics such as:

  • Scientific principles associated with Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Experimental and practical techniques associated with applied science
  • The roles and skills of scientists, and the public and media perception of science

AQA Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science – unit summary

50% externally assessed (unit 1, 3 and 4)
50% internally assessed (unit 2, 5 and 6)
Learners will cover topics such as:

  • Scientific principles associated with Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Experimental and practical techniques associated with applied science
  • The roles and skills of scientists, and the public and media perception of science
  • How the human body works
  • Scientific investigations