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Applied Science Level 3 Certificate and Extended Certificate at Morley Academy

Course description

This qualification is aimed at 16 to 18 year old learners who are in full-time Level 3 education and who wish to progress to higher education and/or pursue a career in the applied science sector.

This qualification provides students with a broad understanding of vocationally-related sciences to support progress to higher education. It is suitable for studying alongside substantial academic science qualifications, such as A-level sciences or other Level 3 vocational qualifications. This qualification can also prepare learners to take up employment in the applied science sector, either directly after achieving the qualification or via higher education.

Taking this qualification will enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of scientific principles, as well as those scientific practical skills recognised by higher education institutions and employers to be most important. The qualification also offers learners an opportunity to develop transferable skills such as problem-solving, research and communication as part of their applied learning. Students will cover topics such as:

• scientific principles associated with the application of 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.

Course content

Level 3 Certificate

Unit 1 – Key Concepts in Science - External exam 33.3%

Unit 2 – Applied experimental techniques – Portfolio – 33.3%

Unit 3 – Science in the modern world – External exam - 33.3%

Level 3 Extended Certificate

Unit 1 – Key Concepts in Science - External exam 16.6%

Unit 2 – Applied experimental techniques – Portfolio – 16.6%

Unit 3 – Science in the modern world – External exam – 16.6%

Unit 4 – The Human body – External exam – 16.6%

Unit 5 – Investigating science – Portfolio – 16.6%

Unit 6 – optional portfolio in biology, chemistry or physics – 16.6%

Entry requirements

Attain 5 or more standard GCSE passes (grade 4 or higher).

Students must have a grade 5 in either GCSE combined science or GCSE Single subject sciences.


Each external exam is 1 hour 30 minutes and contains a range of different question types from multiple choice, short answer and extended response.

The different portfolio’s combine a mixture of practical science, research and written work.

Future opportunities

Applied Science Level 3 certificate and extended certificate qualifications are 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. Students will receive a pass, merit or distinction in this course and in addition, the qualification is eligible for UCAS points. Students need to carefully research universities and courses that applied science will allow them access to; for example applied science should not be taken by students aspiring to study medicine at university.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 October 2017
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  • Start date: Next September

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