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Applied General Science TVQ at Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley

Course description

The Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science is a course that is designed to allow students to continue to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics without having to choose between them. It is an excellent extension for students who want to continue studying a general science course without choosing A Levels in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Course content

The Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science consists of 6 units studied over the two years. Each unit is worth 16.7% of the total mark. The units are set in the context of how science is used in the world around us and especially the workplace.

The units are assessed by both an external exam and internal assessment of portfolios produced.

  • Unit 1 – Key Concepts in Science. An examined unit consisting of questions in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Unit 2 – Applied Experimental Techniques. A portfolio unit consisting of your report of 6 experiments carried out in the lab.
  • Unit 3 – Science in the Modern World. An examined unit where you will analyse and evaluate scientific information to develop critical thinking skills and understand the use of media to communicate scientific ideas and theories.

It is possible for students to study the one-year certificate course only.


  • Unit 4 – The Human Body. An examined unit including questions on the digestive system, musculoskeletal system, nervous system and oxygen transport.
  • Unit 5 – Investigating Science. A portfolio unit consisting of your report on an extended investigation with Chemistry.
  • Unit 6 – Medical Physics. A portfolio unit consisting of your report on use of Physics in investigative medicine.
The final grade will be reported as a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. Students must gain at least a pass in every unit to pass the course overall.

Entry requirements

At least grade 5 in GCSE Combined Science or at least one grade 5 in either GCSE Biology, Chemistry or Physics and preferably a grade 4 in both GCSE English and GCSE Mathematic


Future opportunities

Applied Science is a good choice for students considering Higher Education in any general science based course or employment within a science based industry.

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: 15 October 2018
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