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Applied Science Level 3 Certificate / Extended Certificate at Balcarras School

Course description

This is a vocational course that covers strands from biology, chemistry and physics with a focus on practical science and topical issues in science.

This course would work particularly well with health and social care, creative media, psychology or A-level PE.

Course content

In Year 12 learners will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the key concepts across all three sciences, practise experimental scientific techniques and explore the ways in which scientific information is presented by the media.

In Year 13 learners will extend their understanding of human biology, plan and carry out a scientific investigation of their own choosing and complete a portfolio based around one of three optional units. As the extended certificate is 50% internally assessed this course suits students that excel in coursework.

Entry requirements

Two grade Cs or equivalent from: core science GCSE, additional science GCSE, applied science GCSE, BTEC science level 2, biology GCSE, chemistry GCSE or physics GCSE.


Examination Board – AQA

Certificate units in Year 12

Unit 1: Key concepts in science - external written examination - 33.3% of Certificate

Unit 2: Applied experimental techniques - internal portfolio - 33.3% of Certificate

Unit 3: Science in the modern world - external written examination - 33.3% of Certificate

Extended Certificate units in Year 13

Unit 4: The human body - external written examination - 16.6% of Extended Certificate

Unit 5: Investigating science - internal portfolio - 16.6% of Extended Certificate

Unit 6: Optional unit - Internal portfolio - 16.6% of Extended Certificate

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Balcarras School directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years