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Applied Science Level 3 AQA Certificate at Nailsea School

Course description

This brand new qualification offers a context based A Level course that incorporates practical aspects of all three scientific disciplines. Topics covered include applied experimental techniques and science in the modern world, undertaking a scientific investigation, and optional units in biology, chemistry and physics.

This qualification will provide learners 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. Studying this qualification will enable learners 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.

Course content

Each unit within the qualification has an applied purpose which acts as a focus for the learning in the unit. The applied purpose demands authentic work-related learning in each of the units. It also requires learners to consider how the use and application of their learning affects themselves, other individuals, employers, society and the environment. The applied purpose will also enable learners to learn in such a way that they develop:

  • skills required for independent learning and development
  • a range of generic and transferable skills
  • the ability to solve problems
  • the skills of project-based research, development and presentation
  • the ability to apply mathematical and ICT skills
  • the ability to apply learning in vocational contexts


Entry requirements

Grade 4 in Combined Science or Triple Science Average at GCSE.

Entry to the Sixth Form is not automatic, but depends on:

Achieving 5 grade 4s or above for entry to level 3 courses and meeting the individual entry requirements of your chosen Level 3 courses.


180 guided learning hours (equivalent to an AS)

A mixture of internal and external assessment means learners can apply their knowledge in a practical way.

Examination: 50%

Coursework :50%

Examination Board: AQA

The nested units will ensure that students can move from the Certificate (three units) to the Extended Certificate (six units).

Further information

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 Nailsea School directly.

Last updated date: 28 November 2017

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