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Applied Science

Type of Qualification:
BTEC - National Extended Certificate
2 x Grade 6 in any of the Sciences and a Grade 6 in Mathematics

Course Content

Applied science is a new course combining the three science disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will follow a very practical based course and learn how science is used to make a real difference in industry making them highly employable in the Applied Science field. For example:

  • Students will gain an understanding of atoms and electronic structure to allow them to predict how chemical substances will react in anything from fertilisers in the farming industry to fragrances in the perfume industry.
  • Students will learn how metals play an important role in the construction industry, in providing the structure to buildings, as well as in electrical wiring and the production of decorative features.
  • Students will be able to understand the structure and workings of cells to allow them to gain insight into the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses.
  • Students will learn how in the communication industry the electromagnetic spectrum is used when designing mobile phone and satellite communication, and fibre optics are used to transmit telephone and television signals.


Style Of Assessment

Students are assessed through a portfolio of coursework (42%) and external examination (58%)

Module 1: Principles and Applications of Science

Module 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Module 3: Science Investigation Skills

Module 4: TBC 

Whose kind of course?

This course is designed for students who wish to continue post-16 education through applied learning in the science sector, with the aim to progress to higher education.

Students will gain a deeper understanding of various topics introduced at GCSE, you will also develop various transferable skills such as:

  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
  • Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development

Career Prospects

Applied Science opens the doors to a huge range of degree courses and career paths including:

  • Employment in the Applied Science Sector
  • Biotechnology
  • Scientific research
  • Optometry
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Science Journalism