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Science: Level 3 National Extended Certificate (= 1 A Level) at WQE

Course description

This is a vocational qualifications that provide students with key skills and specialist knowledge to progress onto many career paths in Science. Students follow a unit-based curriculum that equips them with practical, interpersonal and critical thinking skills alongside theory. The units are completed over 2 years, and include a mixture of internally and externally assessed units.

Course content

All students complete the following units:
• Unit 1: Principles and Application of Science I
• Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
• Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills •Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard College entry requirements (see below) this course requires students to have achieved grades 4, 4 or above in GCSE Combined Science, or grade 4 in two of the Separate Sciences, or a minimum of a Pass grade in BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Applied Science.


Units 1, 3 and 5 are externally assessed through written exams. The others are internally assessed through written assignments, practical competency and project work.

Future opportunities

Students progress onto many higher education courses at universities, apprenticeships and/or employment.

Further information

This course is equivalent to 1 A level.

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 16 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
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