AQA National Extended Certificate in Applied Science at King Edward VI College, Nuneaton
The Extended Certificate in Applied Science is aimed at students who want to develop their skills in Science, in preparation for progression into employment or higher education. It is a suitable qualification for students who have studied GCSE Science.
The topics covered will include the fundamentals of science, science in the modern world and a range of practical techniques. There is a large element of biological science in the course and so this could be studied alongside or instead of Biology A level.
A minimum of BC (or CB) in Science with C in Maths, plus a minimum GCSE average of 5.5 from at least 5 GCSE's
Assessment is through coursework portfolios, a combination of written and practical research, and some external exams.
There may be small additional costs related to visits to scientific establishments.
This would provide a good foundation for progression directly into employment or to higher education to follow a science related course, such as Forensic Science, or a medical related course such as nursing or occupational therapy, alongside other appropriate Level 3 qualifications. The biological content makes it particularly useful for those wishing to go into a medical related profession.
It is a very practically based subject, of which 50% is assessed through assignments and 50% by examination. Good organisation skills are very important. The course includes topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There is a higher proportion of Biology than the other two sciences. It is a good choice for any students who are interested in studying the sciences and have a C grade in Maths.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI College, Nuneaton directly.