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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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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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