Extended Certificate Applied Science

Qualification: Level 3
Assessment: Assessment is through three teacher-assessed coursework portfolios, a combination of written and practical research, and three exam units
Exam Board: PEARSON


The Extended Certificate in Applied Science is aimed at students who want to develop their skills in Science, in preparation for progression into employment or higher education. It is a suitable qualification for students who have studied GCSE or BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science .The topics covered will include the fundamentals of science, science in the modern world and a range of practical techniques. There is a large emphasis on Biology in the course, particularly in the second year.
College entry requirements including BC (or CB) in Science or Merit in BTEC Science and 4 in Maths.
Two Years
There may be small additional costs related to visits. There may be at least one compulsory visit to a scientific establishment
This would provide a good foundation for progression directly into employment or to higher education to follow a science related course, such as Forensic Science, health-related professions or sports science, alongside other appropriate Level 3 qualifications. It would be particularly appropriate for students looking to work in a laboratory environment. Certain universities have indicated that this is a possible route into Pharmacy.
It is a very practically based subject, which is assessed through assignments as well as examinations. Good organisation skills are very important. Students preferring an all examination approach to assessment should consider separate science A Levels as an alternative (entry requirements apply)

Sujata Smith

Sujata Smith - Teacher of Applied Science

What are your qualifications? BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, Certificate of Education in post-16 teaching

Teaching experience? I have been teaching for 17 years. My main subject is Biology. Over the last 3 years I have concentrated on Applied Science, both A level and BTEC. I have also taught anatomy and physiology in PE and Health & Social Care

What other relevant experience/qualifications do you have?

My first career after university was in scientific research. I worked as a research technician in a number of hospital laboratories and for a company that made diagnostic kits. I became a laboratory manager in clinical sciences at Leicester University in 1991 and did this for 5 years before leaving to bring up my children. My experience in the science industry is very useful in teaching Applied Science.

What are your hobbies/interests? My main hobby / exercise is Latin dancing which I love. My husband and I also spend time hill walking, and occasionally our two grown up sons join us when I can persuade them! Over the last few years, we have done a lot of travelling abroad to walk in sunnier hills. When I'm at home, I can be found cooking, reading or watching quiz shows.

Kayan Parker

What are your qualifications? BSc (Hons) Medical biochemistry, PhD Cancer genetics, PGCE - University of Sheffield.

Teaching experience? Science, Biology, Applied science.

What other relevant experience/qualifications do you have?

Cancer research scientist at the Institute for Cancer Studies, Science Innovations Commissioner in a science specialist school, (previous post), and author of GCSE and A level biology revision guides.

What are your hobbies/interests? Hill walking across the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales (near where I live), photography, and crafting. Also, anything sci fi or metal. Or gadgets.