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Applied Science

Sixth Form Subjects

The requirements of the qualification will mean students develop the transferable and higher order skills that are highly regarded by both HE and employers. For example, when studying the science investigative unit, learning how to plan investigations, collect, analyse, and present data and communicate results, thus supporting some of the skills students need to progress into higher education, employment, self-employment or training.

The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by HE providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses, if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two year programme of learning, including but not exclusively, those that are science related

Minimum Entry Requirements

Students are most likely to succeed if they have:

  • Five GCSEs at good grades and/or;
  • BTEC qualification(s) at Level 2;
  • Achievement in English and mathematics through GCSE or Functional Skills.

Subject Specific Requirements

Two Science GCSEs at Grade 4 or above.

What will I do?

Year 2 – A2 or equivalent:

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science;
  • Unit 2: Practical Procedures and Techniques.

Year 2 – A2 or equivalent:

  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills;
  • Optional (to be confirmed).


One of the following optional units:-

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems; 
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction; 
  • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways;
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering; 
  • Diseases and Infections; 
  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry; 
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry; 
  • Electrical Circuits and their Application; 
  • Astronomy and Space Science.

The course is assessed through exams, written coursework and practical investigations through the 2 years of study.

What careers would this be suitable for?

  • Engineering;
  • Sport Psychology;
  • Nursing;
  • Sport and Exercise;
  • Geography;
  • Environmental Sciences.

Where can I find out more?

Last updated on November 07, 2018