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Level 3

Applied Science CAMTEC Certificate/Extended Certificate


Equivalent to 1 A-level.

This practical, work-related course allows you to study aspects of biology, chemistry and physics to an advanced level. You will complete practical and theoretical assignments, which are assessed as coursework, and three units which are assessed by exam (two in the first year and one in the second). In year 1: for the CAMTEC Level 3 Diploma there are two exam units: • Unit 1 – Science Fundamentals • Unit 2 – Laboratory Techniques There are also three coursework units: • Unit 6 – Control of Hazards in the Laboratory • Unit 18 – Microbiology • Unit 10 -; Product Testing Techniques There are four more units in year 2 (one exam, three coursework), covering more in-depth and practical aspects of biology and chemistry and their applications in a scientific workplace. Biology covers aspects such human body systems, microbiology, genetics and cell biology. Chemistry includes topics such as atomic structure, practical chemical analysis and laboratory techniques, industrial applications of chemistry and the development of pharmaceutical drugs. Physics covers energy and the structures, properties and uses of material. You will carry out many experiments some of which you will design yourself, learning how to analyse and evaluate your results. There will be lessons where you undertake independent and group research, discuss scientific issues, research information online, revise topics and practice exam techniques. You will develop strong independent study skills throughout your time studying applied science. There is a work experience placement in an area relevant to your career aims in each year, which allows you to develop your industry work skills further. Support sessions will be available to all students throughout the year.


You need a minimum of five GCSEs at 9-4, including double 4 in Science and a 4 in English Language and Mathematics. You need a good knowledge of GCSE science as well as good numeracy, English and communication skills. This should be combined with a real interest in science!


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