AQA Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science

The UK is currently regarded as a world leader in sectors including renewable energy, space, low carbon, pharmaceutical, utilities, automotive, agri-food and bioscience. The Applied Science course offers huge potential and opportunities for those interested in working in the scientific industry.

This qualification is the equivalent of one A level and students will cover topics such as:

•  Scientific principles associated with Biology, Chemistry and Physics
•  Experimental and practical techniques associated with Applied Science
•  The roles and skills of scientists, and the public and media perception of science
•  How the human body works
•  Scientific investigations.


This qualification is supported by a range of universities, and taken alongside other qualifications it can fulfil the entry requirements for a number of science-related higher education courses, including biomedical, forensic and sports science, as well as nursing. It is eligible for UCAS points.

Complementary Courses

Applied Science particularly complements PE and Health and Social Care. However, it can also be taken as one science subject with a mixture of other non- scientific BTEC / A Levels.



33% coursework portfolio
67% examination

Entry Requirements

Grade C in Separate Sciences, or in Core and Additional Science at GCSE.
OR Merit in BTEC Applied Science and GCSE Core C

5A* - C grades at GCSE (grade 9-4 in English and Mathematics)


AQA Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science