Head of Department
4 or more grades 4-9.
Additional entry requirement: Grade 4+ in either Maths, Chemistry or Physics
Coursework = 54%, Examination = 46%
Applied Science (L3)
(Equivalent to 2 A Levels)
This qualification consists of eight units, and combines theory with the practical skills required for a career in the scientific sector. Assessment is through examinations, written coursework and laboratory work. You will also carry out your own independent investigative project. The course covers a mix of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, building upon GCSE topics to give you a firm grounding in all aspects of science. Particular emphasis is placed on the topics of forensic science, genetics and chemical analysis. Grade 4 in Science is required.
What skills will I develop?
You will develop your understanding of core science concepts and techniques in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
You will learn how science is used in a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, law and healthcare.
You will develop your ability to use a wide range of laboratory equipment skilfully and safely to carry out a range of scientific investigations.
You will develop your ability to record, present and analyse your findings according to international scientific standards.
What topics will I study?
- Unit 1: Principles and application of science I
- Unit 2: Practical scientific procedures and techniques
- Unit 3: Science investigation skills
- Unit 4: Laboratory techniques and their application
- Unit 5: Principles and application of science II
- Unit 6: Investigative project
- Unit 12: Diseases and infections
- Unit 23: Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis
Where does the course lead?
Career opportunities include scientific and technical posts in laboratories and industry, and progression to a wide variety of degree courses. Past students have gone on to study Biosciences, Forensic Science, Engineering, Nursing, Law and Criminology.