A Level Programme

Applied Science Level 3

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About this course

Applied Science is an alternative to studying Science at A Level, which provides practical experience and looks at ways science is applied in the workplace, home and in medicine.

It is a great option for learners interested in scientific concepts alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in Applied Science.

This course is ideal if you have an interest in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and wish to incorporate some aspects of these subjects into your education portfolio.

In Year 1 you will study topics such as cell structure, enzymes, electromagnetic waves, atomic structure and bonding and key concepts such as diffusion and the arrangement of the periodic table.

In Year 2 you will develop the essential skills underpinning practical scientific investigations and these skills will be delivered through subject themes ranging from enzymes and diffusion to electrical circuits. The optional unit will focus on an area specialism in science such as Biology or Chemistry.

What will I learn?

During the course you will study key concepts in science in units such as fundamentals of science, scientific practical skills, and scientific investigation, which will help you to develop the individual learning skills that are valued by employers and in higher education.

Core Units

  • Principles and Applications of Science
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills

Optional Unit taught in Year 2

  • Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways ( a range of optional units may be available to allow us to tailor the course to your specific needs/interests)

How will I be assessed?

Units 1 and 3 are externally assessed, Unit 1 in an examination and Unit 3 in an externally marked practical assessment.

Unit 2 and the optional unit will be assessed internally via a range of methods such as assignments, class notes, presentations and practical log books.

Overall 58% will be externally assessed.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English Language, Science, Additional Science and Maths.

Alternatively, BTEC Science will be considered at Distinction or Merit Level.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry HNC/D or a range of HNC/D, Foundation Degrees and professional qualifications
  • University - related degree such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics, but this need not be exclusively in the Applied Science sector
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Additional Information

This course should be combined with A Levels.

Good A Level combinations could include Geography and Psychology.