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 three mandatory units:

• Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science
• Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
• Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills

In Year 13 learners can choose from a range of optional units from the following strand: Biomedical Science Physiology, Microbiology and Diseases and Infections.

How is it assessed?

There are a number of different types of assessment throughout the course:
Examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome.
Set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task. Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information.

There are six units in total over the course of two years, of which three are mandatory (two of these are externally assessed) and three optional units. Content (67%); External assessment (33%).

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


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


Board: Pearson