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Course Duration
2 Years

Entry Criteria
Grade 5-4 in combined science
Grade 4 in maths

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Why study Level 3 Applied Science?

How will I be assessed?

Internal Mandatory Units:

  • Unit 1 – Principles and Applications of Science I – This unit covers some of the key science concepts in biology, chemistry and physics. 
  • Unit 2 – Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques – Learners will be introduced to quantitative laboratory techniques, calibration, chromatography,  calorimetry and laboratory safety, which are relevant to the chemical and life science industries.
  • Unit 3 – Science Investigation Skills – Learners will cover the stages involved and the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation: how to record, interpret, draw scientific conclusions and evaluate.

External Assessment Topics:

  • Topic 1 – Principles and Applications of Science I
  • Topic 2 – Science Investigation Skills
  • Topic 3 – Principles and Applications of Science II
  • Topic 4 – Contemporary Issues in Science

Career opportunities and Future study

There are many pathways that work effectively with this course. Students go on to higher education, apprenticeships and employment often in pathways such as the following:

  • Medical professions
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Research science (life sciences)
  • Microbiology
  • Marine biology
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Environmental management
  • Food science
  • Agricultural engineering
  • Zoology
  • Cancer research
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Toxicologist
  • Forensic Scientist