Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Why Study?

Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science in Applied Science is intended as an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the applied science sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and aims to give a coherent introduction to study of the applied science sector. Learners who wish to take this qualification will have completed a Level 2 programme of learning with GCSEs or vocational qualifications.

What can I do with it?

The requirements of the qualification will mean that learners develop the transferable and higher order skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example, when studying Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills, learners will develop skills including how to plan investigations, collecting, analysing, and presenting data and communicating results which support some of the skills learners need to progress to higher education, employment, self-employment or training. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning, including, but not exclusively, those which are science-related.

Subject combinations

The qualification can be taken as part of a diverse programme, leaving progression options fully open. It can also give context to subjects which would benefit from some scientific background.


This will depend on the combination of qualifications chosen. For example, taken alongside:

  • A Levels such as Mathematics, Physics and Design and Technology to progress to engineering related courses
  • A Level in Psychology and BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport to progress to sport psychology courses
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care to progress to nursing courses
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science to progress to sport and exercise science courses
  • A Levels in Geography and Computing to progress to geography or environmental science
    courses.

What will I study?

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. Employers and professional bodies have also been involved and consulted to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners planning to enter employment directly in the applied science sector.

Learners will study three mandatory units:

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills


Learners choose one optional unit which has been designed to support choices in progression to applied science courses in higher education.

Optional units include:

  • Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Unit 10: Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Unit 13: Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Unit 15: Electrical Circuits and their Application

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