Applied Science

Type of qualification – Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A Level)

Exam Board – OCR

Course Description

The Cambridge Technical in Applied Science is a predominantly practical course which will develop your practical skills ready for a career in science. The course covers common practical techniques used in professional laboratories including microbiology practicals such as cloning cauliflower and bacteria staining, chemistry practicals including inorganic ion testing and chromatography, and gel electrophoresis. You will be introduced to a huge variety of equipment and techniques and discover how these are used by real scientists.

Excellent attendance and a positive work ethic are essential for this course. Working towards a Level 3 applied general science qualification will make you a strong independent learner with excellent practical skills ready for a place at university or full time employment.

This course forms an excellent basis for employment in the science industry on the technical side. It is also good preparation for careers in public services such as the police force, fire service or NHS. It can lead to employment in areas related to food and human or environmental studies. If taken alongside other science A Levels, this course provides a route to a wide range of science-related university courses.


The course is made up of five modules, two of which are assessed by external exam and the remaining three are internally assessed.

General Entry Requirements

5 GCSE qualifications with minimum grade 4

Subject Specific Requirements

Level 5 – Maths
Level 5 – English
Level 5 – Science/Combined Science

What our students think

“The Applied Science course complements my other science-based A levels as it has provided me with extra skills and practical knowledge that is required at A Level.”
Femke, previously home–educated