Applied Science, Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

How do you synthesise aspirin in the lab and then check the purity of your sample? How can you use fibre samples to solve a crime? How would you set about designing a new lab? Is it better to use technology or traditional lab methods for quantitative analysis? Why did a lack of scientific communication lead to some of the world’s worst industrial disasters? Studying the BTEC Applied Science course could help you answer these and many more questions. The emphasis in the first year is on Applied Chemistry, with Biology and Physics included in parts. You’ll develop your practical skills through lots of lab work which will enhance your theoretical knowledge.

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Applied Science, Level 3 Extended Certificate AF-ASFO3T-D(0000)000

Alton Campus
Academic Year 2020-21 (2 years)
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You should have achieved a grade 4 or 4/4 in science GCSE and 4 in maths

Cambridge technicals are designed with the workplace in mind and provide a high quality alternative to A level sciences. These qualifications have been designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector. They focus on the requirements that today’s universities, professional vocational colleges and employers demand. Science fundamentals will create a solid foundation that students will be able to build on in later units, Laboratory techniques will provide students with a good grounding in working in a laboratory. These 2 units are assessed by external examinations. Control of Hazards in the laboratory presents an overview of the most common hazards encountered in typical research labs and will help students maintain a safe work environment. In the Microbiology unit, students will learn about the commercial use of microorganisms in food production and medical microbiology. The beneficial uses of microorganisms have been recognised and exploited for thousands of years in brewing, bread-making and yogurt production but more recent applications include cleaning up pollution, mining and pharmaceuticals.

Over 2 years you will study 4 units

  • Science fundamentals (examined unit)
  • Laboratory techniques (examined unit)
  • Control of hazards in the laboratory (coursework unit)
  • Microbiology (coursework unit)

Assessment; 2 units are assessed by examinations (see above) and 2 by internally assessed coursework (see above)

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