Why choose this subject?

Students studying Applied Science have an opportunity to learn independently, carry out active research and develop communication skills by delivering presentations and being active group members. Learners can also benefit from opportunities by selecting areas of interest for detailed study. By the end of the course students will be confident in reading scientific and technical texts, writing effectively, showing analytical skills and will be confident and proficient in a variety of practical scenarios – all skills which can be brought forward for use at university or in the workplace.

How will this subject be delivered?

There are four mandatory units:

• Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science
• Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
• Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills
• Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems

How is it assessed?

There are a number of different types of assessment throughout the course:
Examinations – standardised assessments where all learners participate simultaneously, typically producing written responses.
Set Tasks – learners complete these assessments within a specified timeframe by demonstrating their comprehension through practical vocational tasks. Certain external assessments involve a preparation phase using provided information.

There are four units in total over the course of two years, of which two undergo external assessment through written examinations, while the remaining two are subject to internal assessment through coursework. In year 12, Units 1 and 2 are assessed, each contributing 25% to the total grade. In year 13, Units 3 (33% of the total grade) and 8 (17% of the total grade) are assessed.

Subject specific entry requirements

Students should have a minimum of 5 GCSE grades (5 to 9) including Science, Mathematics and English Language. Course requirements are a 5-5 in Combined Sciences.


Students can progress to a variety of destinations, including:
• University to study a Science related degree such as Chemistry with Analytical Science, Forensic Science, Biomedical Science, Bioveterinary Science
• Higher apprenticeship – Higher National Diploma (HND) in Applied Science
• The workplace – such as training to become a laboratory technician Additional costs relating to this course

Additional costs relating to this course

Occasionally students may also be required to contribute towards the cost of a trip.