AQA Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science
This course has been tailored to meet the needs of students who enjoy science and want to take their studies further at KS5 but don’t want, or would struggle with, a final exam only A-level in the subject. There is a mixture of biology, chemistry and physics content in year 12, however this qualification allows optional units in year 13, which shifts the focus towards the growing, and increasingly popular field of biomedical sciences.
This course is popular with students taking a range of subjects but particularly complements psychology, health and social care and physical education. We have had many students successfully secure nursing and midwifery degrees, veterinary nursing and other biomedical courses. The UCAS points it attracts has allowed others to pursue a variety of degree courses of their choosing.
This course has a large practical element, allowing students to develop technical skills such as sterile techniques and growing microbes. The coursework elements allow students to improve time management, organisation, research skills and independent learning which also prepares them well for future employment or further study.
Unit 1 – exam
Unit 2 – practical portfolio, internally assessed
Unit 3 – pre-release, exam
Unit 4 – exam
Unit 5 – portfolio, internally assessed
Unit 6 – portfolio, internally assessed
50% external exam, 50% portfolio (internal, moderated).
The exam units can be entered in June of year 12 (Unit 1 and 3) and Jan/June of year 13 (Unit 4) and remain modular. One resit of each unit is possible, with the best mark used.
Students can achieve Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* levels and are awarded UCAS points in-line with A-level.