LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE AND EXTENDED CERTIFICATE
FOR ENTRY SEPTEMBER 2017
Subject description and course outline
The course is the AQA Level 3 Applied Science. This gives students the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. The qualification provides clear pathways for career development and progression opportunities to higher education and degrees.
AS Level – A certificate qualification is gained in year one and is made up of Unit 1 – Key concepts in Science, Unit 2 – Applied experimental techniques and Unit 3 – Science in the modern world.
A Level – Year 2 work gains the extended certificate, again with three units: Unit 4 – The human body, Unit 5 – Investigating science and Unit 6 – An option unit which could be either Microbiology, Medical Physics or Organic Chemistry.
We want students who: Have a real interest in Science, especially how it is used. The course is aimed at those students who may not want to follow a pure A Level but want a more hands on course with a coursework element. We also want students who are motivated, hardworking, inquisitive, and committed as they will have to work independently and meet deadlines.
How will the students be assessed?
AS Level – Units 1 and 3 have an external exam and Unit 2 is portfolio based.
A Level – Unit 4 has an exam and Units 5 and 6 are portfolio based.
As this course is new we do not have full details of the content or assessment strategy yet. These should be available shortly and we will update students when we receive further details.
What other courses does it complement?
Level 3 Applied Science complements Biology and Chemistry A Levels on the medical side, Physics and Engineering on the engineering side, Sports Science for sports related courses and Catering for careers in the food industry. It also supports courses that are vocational where students are thinking of taking an apprenticeship.
Next steps – what this course can lead to
Level 3 Applied Science is very valuable as it demonstrates to employers and universities alike an ability to handle information in a practical context. Apprenticeship providers are very keen on this as a qualification as are firms that employ laboratory technicians. Applied Science is useful subject for students who want to pursue a career in the health service such as nursing or midwifery.
To download the course guide for Applied Science please click the link below