Applied Science

Extended certificate (1 A-level equivalent)

About the subject

The Applied Science AAQ is a new course for students seeking an A-level standard science qualification who wish to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education or apprenticeships and ultimately employment in the applied science sector. A qualification in Applied Science can lead to many degree level science courses* including: Psychology, Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Medical professions, Food Science etc. *when combined with appropriate A-level subjects.

Students study across all three sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics covering topics including: fundamental chemical and physical principals, structure and function of cells, physiology and disease, electromagnetic waves amongst many other fascinating areas of cutting-edge science.

The Extended Certificate in Applied Science (1 A-level equivalent) is designed to be studied alongside two other Level 3 courses over 2 years.

Learning styles

The courses are delivered via a range of practical and theory-based sessions with an emphasis on the application of scientific principles across Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students produce written reports, presentations, laboratory logs and case studies. Assessment is by internal assessment of laboratory work, written work and presentations and externally set and assessed written exams spaced over the course

Subject Combinations and Progression

Applied Science works well with the following science A-levels: Psychology, Geology, Environmental Science, Engineering and Electronics, but an also be combined with other contrasting A level courses. Students can progress directly into work, apprenticeships or to a wide range of science-based degree level courses including Biomedical Science, Sports Therapy, Paramedic Science, Radiography, Biological Life Sciences, Nursing, Veterinary Nursing and Applied Chemistry

Entry requirements

3 x grade 4’s from three Single Award GCSE Sciences, or 2 x grade 4 from Double award GCSE Science + grade 4 in Maths. Grade 5’s in GCSE Sciences and Maths are preferred.