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Applied Science Level 3 Certificate at Shirley High School Performing Arts College

Course description

Level 3 Applied General Certificate in Science is a vocational complement A-levels or Tech-levels. This Level 3 qualification offers a practical introduction to science and supports progression to further study or employment. Learners will follow the Certificate course and then progress to the Extended Certificate.

Course content

Unit 1: Key concepts in science

  • Learners will develop an understanding of key concepts relating to biology, chemistry and physics
  • Written examination
  • 60 marks
  • 33.3% of the Certificate grade

Unit 2: Applied experimental techniques

  • Learners are introduced to new experimental techniques, reinforcing methods met previously and developing practical skills including accuracy and precision
  • Internally assessed and externally moderated coursework tasks
  • 33.3% of the Certificate grade

Unit 3: Science in the modern world

  • Learners will analyse and evaluate scientific information to develop critical thinking skills and understand the use of the media to communicate scientific ideas and theories
  • Written examination with pre -release material
  • 60 marks
  • 33.3% of the Certificate grade


The units are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction following the application of compensation rules. The overall qualification is graded as P, M, D and D*.(Learners must pass each unit in order to pass the qualification). Learners are allowed one resit of each examination. Examinations are held in January and June. One resubmission of work is allowed, but positive feedback may NOT be given.

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.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shirley High School Performing Arts College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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