LEVEL: 3 VOCATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE
EXAMINING BOARD: EDEXCEL
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM STUDY PROGRAMME
PASS RATE: 100% IN 2018
Applied Science concentrates on the use of science in vocational contexts with an emphasis on technical laboratory skills. It is ideal for students seeking grounding in all threes major science disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
This courses have greater emphasis on laboratory techniques than the Science A Levels with the aim of familiarising students with technical knowledge needed for employment in the science industry.
Applied Science cannot be combined with A Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics as many topics overlap but can be paired with any other A Level or Extended Certificate and pairs particularly well with Environmental Science, Geology, Geography and also PE for progression into the Environmental Sciences, Earth Sciences or Sports Nutrition career pathways.
The qualification offers active learning in a vocational context, building confidence, competence and motivation through the programme. Vocational Applied Science is recognised by employers, professional institutions and higher education establishments and is closely attuned to the needs of the employers in the science marketplace.
Assignments can be in written form but they are just as likely to be produced in other forms such as presentations, practical assessments, video presentations or experiments.
Many of the theoretical concepts covered in Applied Science are similar to concepts studied in the A Level sciences but with a much greater emphasis on the application in the scientific workplace.
Within this course students also have the opportunity to study other areas in more depth including:
- Development of practical skills for the scientific workplace
- Using the correct scientific protocols to plan and execute independent investigations
- The interpretation and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data in vocational contexts
- Scientific collaboration including methods of sharing knowledge
- The human body and its organ systems
- Chemical reactions
- Electrical circuits and energy
Standard College entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics.
You will also need a GCSE Science or Applied Science at grade 5 or above and GCSE Mathematics minimum grade 5.
Can I study Vocational Applied Science without a GCSE in Science?
You should have core and additional GCSE Science at grade 5 or higher, or have a Merit in Vocational Science.
How is the course assessed?
The courses are assessed by vocational orientated coursework and external assessment.
Can I take Vocational Applied Science Extended Certificate with A Level Science?
No. You cannot take Applied Science alongside A Level Chemistry, A Level Physics or A Level Biology as they share many topics and areas of study.
Do I need to take A Level Maths with the Vocational Applied Science Extended Certificate?
No, but students will need to be competent in Maths.