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Applied Science Level 3 Extended Certificate (AQA) at The Robert Napier School

Course description

This course consists of areas of study including Application of experimental techniques and Science in the modern world. Students 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 and scientific investigations. This will develop transferable research, analysis, communication and problem solving skills and includes an opportunity to undertake a scientific investigation.

This qualification will allow students to apply their knowledge in a practical and relevant way.

Course content

This qualification has five mandatory units. Students will then have the opportunity to choose one optional unit from a choice of three (Microbiology, Medical Physics and Organic Chemistry).

The course is examined through 50% externally assessed examined units and 50% internally assessed portfolio coursework.

Entry requirements

C grade or above in both Core and Additional Science.


Unit number     Unit title                                            Assessment type


1                      Key Concepts in Science                  Written exam

2                      Applied Experimental Techniques    Portfolio

3                      Science in the Modern World           Written exam with pre-release      material

4                      The Human Body                             Written exam

5                       Investigating Science                      Portfolio


6a                     Microbiology                                    Portfolio

6b                     Medical Physics                              Portfolio

6c                     Organic Chemistry                          Portfolio

Future opportunities

This qualification will enable students to develop their knowledge and scientific practical skills recognised by higher education institutions and employers to be most important. It 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. The qualification is supported by universities including: Aberystwyth University, Southampton University, Staffordshire University, University of Sunderland, and Birmingham City University.

Further information

Contact Mrs V Brooks

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Robert Napier School directly.

Last updated date: 13 October 2015
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