Applied General Science

We've updated qualifications to reflect changes to 2021 exams and assessment.

Read about the changes to 2021 exams for Applied General Science

  • Teaching from: September 2016
  • Specification code: 1775
  • QAN code: 601/7104/2; 601/7105/4

These vocational qualifications give post-16 learners a practical introduction to science. They can be taken alongside A-levels or other Level 3 courses, or as an alternative to BTEC Applied Science.

Our Applied General qualifications are included in the Department for Education (DfE)’s performance tables for technical and vocational qualifications aimed at students aged 16 to 19. They also attract UCAS tariff points.

Topics covered include applied experimental techniques and science in the modern world, undertaking a scientific investigation, and optional units in biology, chemistry and physics.

A mixture of internal and external assessment means learners can apply their knowledge in a practical way.

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Key dates

  • 20 January 2021 Exam for Level 3 Certificate Unit 3 Science in the modern world (ASC3)
    Series: January 2021
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 1h 30m
  • 31 March 2021GCE Applied Science preliminary materials issued 31 March 2021. Available on Secure Key Materials on (ASC3/PM)
  • 14 June 2021 Exam for Level 3 Certificate Applied Science 1 (ASC1)
    Series: June 2021
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 1h 30m

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I hope that schools and teachers will fully embrace the scope of what could be some really exciting work for their students.

Dr John Wheeler, Head of Science, Staffordshire University.

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