This is a two-year course. After the first year, students gain a Certificate. This is equivalent to 1 AS Level; 4 hours per week. This is a ‘stand alone’ qualification which then progresses onto the second year in order to gain the full Subsidiary Diploma. All students that enrol on the Subsidiary Diploma will have a common first year (Certificate). They will then specialise in Chemistry, Biology or Physics in the second year; this allows them to achieve a Subsidiary Diploma.

Certificate (Year 1)

Unit 1- Principles and Applications of Science I

Externally assessed written examination in three sections (A, B & C) each of 30 marks.

Section A – Chemistry (40 mins)

Section B – Biology (40 mins)

Section C – Physics (40 mins)

The paper consists of multiple choice, calculations, short answer and open response questions.


Unit 2 – Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Internally assessed & assignment based

Learning Aim A – Undertake titration and colorimetry to determine the concentration of solutions

Learning Aim B – Undertake calorimetry to study cooling curves

Learning Aim C – Undertake chromatographic techniques to identify components in mixtures

Learning Aim D – Review of personal development of scientific skills for laboratory work


Extended Certificate Year 2

Unit 3 – Science Investigation Skills

Externally assessed ‘TASK’. Learners cover the stages involved and the skills needed in planning, data collection, interpretation of results, conclusion and evaluation.

Assessed through a written task worth 60 marks completed in a single supervised sitting. In order to complete this task, students need to collect data.


Unit 9 – Human regulation and Reproduction

Internally assessed and assignment based.

This unit will give learners an understanding of how in the internal body environment is regulated and controlled within set parameters to enable key bodily process to take place.

This qualification will provide learners with a wide range of transferable skills that will act as a sound basis for both Higher Education and future employment. Students will have gained a good working knowledge of general laboratory skills and research procedures as well as the specific scientific topics.

5 C’s at GCSE or equivalent vocational qualifications, including a grade CC in GCSE Science, grade C in GCSE Maths or Numeracy, and a grade C in GCSE English.

A grade C in a discursive subject like History, Religious Studies or English Literature can be used as an alternative for English. A minimum of a grade D in GCSE English is required. A grade CC in GCSE Applied Science can be used as an alternative to GCSE Science.