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Nottingham Academy

Applied Science

Qualification  Cambridge Technical 
Entry Requirements 

Science Grade 4

English Grade 4

Maths Grade 4 

Applied science offers specialist pathways in environmental science, food science and human science. Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, this qualification focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today's universities and employers demand. The course is split into 2 units; Science fundamentals and Laboratory techniques. Applied science extended certificate requires an additional 3 units, Control of hazards in the laboratory, Microbiology and Product Design Testing Techniques.

What is Applied Science 

The Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Applied Science, is a vocational science qualification designed for sixth form students.

Pupils study a wide range of scientific theory and practical knowledge, with an emphasis placed on real world application.

The first year of the course provides a solid foundation in scientific principles, for example: How to perform acid-base titrations.

The second year then applies these skills to industry scenarios: How to calculate the sulphur content of wine using acid-base titrations

All three areas of science are covered, but a focus is placed on chemistry and biology over physics. 

Course Overview


-Unit 01 – Science fundamentals
-Unit 02 – Laboratory techniques
-Unit 03 – Control of hazards in the laboratory
-Unit 04 – Microbiology
-Unit 05 – Product testing techniques

Year 1 Assessment

-Unit 01: External exam
-Unit 02: External exam

Year 2 Assessment

-Unit 03, 04 & 05: Portfolio
Course Progression 

After passing this course, pupils can choose to continue into higher education or begin a career in science:

  • Degrees in physical and life sciences
  • Higher apprenticeships such as the Laboratory Scientist  or Science Manufacturing Operative roles
  • Entry level positions as laboratory assistants

The opportunities are almost limitless, but check the course or job requirements for more information.

A level 3 Extended Certificate is roughly equal to an Advanced Level qualification in terms of UCAS points

Level 3 Extended Certificate: Distinction* = 56 UCAS Points 

Advanced Level: A* = 56 UCAS Points

Applied science is an ideal course for those wanting to pursue a career in science.

If you enjoy:

  • Understanding challenging concepts
  • Approaching tasks with meticulous planning
  • Learning through practice

Then this course may be for you.