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Applied Science Level 3 Certificate at Colston's Girls' School

Course description

Why study Applied Science?

This qualification will provide learners with a broad understanding of vocationally-related science. This qualification can also prepare learners to take up employment in the applied science sector or via higher education. Studying this qualification will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of scientific principles, as well as those scientific practical skills recognised by higher education Institutions and employers to be most important.

Course content

There are 6 core components of study for this qualification. These will be studied over 2 years and include:

Year 12
Unit 1: Key concepts in science
Unit 2: Applied experimental techniques
Unit 3: Science in the modern world
Assessment breakdown:
Unit 1 Key Concepts in science (Written exam)
Unit 2 Applied experimental techniques (Portfolio)
Unit 3 Science in the modern world (Written exam and pre-release material)

Year 13
Unit 4: The Human body
Unit 5: Investigating Science
Unit 6: Microbiology
Assessment breakdown:
Unit 4 The Human Body (Written exam)
Unit 5 Investigating Science (Portfolio)
Unit 6 Option one from-Microbiology, Medical Physics or Organic Chemistry (Portfolio)

Entry requirements

6 C grades and above.
C/5 grade in English, Maths and Science
Merit or above in BTEC science


Overall course:
66.6% externally assessed
33.3% internally assessed
Grading of units: The units are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction following the application of compensation rules for the internally assessed units. The overall qualification is graded as P, M, D and D*. Resits are permitted in January

Future opportunities

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. In addition, the qualification is eligible for UCAS points. Universities that already recognise the qualification include: Birmingham City University, Southampton University, York St John University and many more see the times education and UCAS website from spring onwards.

Each distinction is 56 tariff points which is equivalent to an A at A level
Each Merit is 32 tariff points and is equivalent to a C at A level
Each Pass is 16 tariff points and is equivalent to a E at A level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colston's Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2017
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      From the M4 leave at Junction 19 and travel down the M32 which runs into Bond Street. Follow signs for the City Centre.
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