Applied Science

Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Course Overview

The Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science at Amethyst 6th Form College is a dynamic and comprehensive course designed for 16 to 18-year-olds in full-time Level 3 education. This course, ideal for those aspiring to higher education or a career in the applied science sector, offers a perfect blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Course Overview:
This qualification dives deep into the scientific principles of biology, chemistry, and physics, coupled with experimental and practical techniques essential in applied science. Students will explore the roles and skills of scientists, understanding both the public and media perception of science. Key areas of study include the functioning of the human body and scientific investigations. The course is structured with five mandatory units and the optional unit is Microbiology.

Career and Further Study Prospects:
Upon completion, students are well-prepared for science-related higher education courses, including biomedical, forensic, and sports science, as well as nursing. The qualification is recognized for UCAS points, making it a valuable asset for university applications. Supported by a range of universities, this course opens doors to numerous academic and professional opportunities.

Benefits to Students:
Learners gain an in-depth understanding of applied science principles and practical applications. The course is designed to build upon knowledge and skills from the Level 3 Certificate in Applied Science, focusing on a chosen applied pathway. It emphasizes synoptic learning, ensuring coherence across all units, and includes a range of assessments to measure both knowledge and practical application.

Students also develop critical transferable skills such as problem-solving, research, communication, project-based research development and presentation, mathematical and ICT skills, and the ability to apply learning in vocational contexts.

Benefits to Higher Education Institutions:
Developed in collaboration with a wide range of higher education institutions, the course ensures optimal progression opportunities to courses at Foundation and/or BSc degree levels. The mix of examined and assignment-based assessments prepares students for the learner-centred ethos of higher educational study​​.

Embark on this journey with Amethyst 6th Form College and transform your passion for science into a fulfilling career. Act now and secure your place in this sought-after course!

Qualification Details

  • Qualification: Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science
  • Exam Board: AQA


Course Teacher Profile

Mrs Arora

Mrs Arora


Mrs Arora is the Curriculum Team Lead for Applied Science in the Amethyst Sixth Form

Course Requirements

To enrol for the Applied Science course you must have the following…

  • Science Grade 4 4
  • English Grade 4
  • Maths Grade 4

Year 1 Summary

  • Unit 1 – Key Concepts in Science. (written exam).
  • Unit 2 – Applied Experimental Techniques (portfolio)
  • Unit 3 – Science in the Modern World (written exam)

Year 2 Summary

  • Unit 4 – The Human Body (written exam).
  • Unit 5 – Investigating Science (portfolio)
  • Unit 6 – Microbiology (portfolio)

Assessment Information

6 units each worth 16.6%.

3 units are externally assessed (50% of total course)

3 units are internally assessed (50% of total course)

The units are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The overall qualification is graded as P, M, D and D*.

Careers and Next Steps

  • 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.
  • This qualification has been developed in collaboration with higher education and other stakeholders in the science education sector. Therefore, the knowledge and skills gained will provide the best possible opportunity for progress to higher education or employment.
  • The qualification is supported by the following higher education institutions:

• Aberystwyth University

• Birmingham City University

• University of Bolton

• Edge Hill University

• Staffordshire University

• University of South Wales

• Southampton University

• University of Sunderland

• Teesside University

• University of Wolverhampton

• York St John University

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