Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate

Exam Board:


2 years

1 A level

Course Content:

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)


Entry requirements:

You should have achieved a grade 4 or 4/4 in science GCSE and 4 in maths

Course costs:


Applied Science works well with:


Health and Social Care

Public Services