If you want to apply for a practical-based science degree at university, this is the pathway for you! Applied Science qualifications are designed to provide specialist, work-related programmes of study that cover the key knowledge and practical skills required in the science sector. They provide an excellent route to employment in the science and health sectors or within organisations that make use of science. You can study Applied Science alongside other A Level subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Psychology.
You would need five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English, Maths and Science.
Applied Science consists of eight units – with a mixture of exam and coursework assessment.
Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science
Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
Unit 4: Laboratory Techniques and their Application
Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems
Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills
Unit 5: Principles and Applications of Science II
Unit 6: Investigative Project
Unit 14: Applications of Organic Chemistry
Extended Diploma students will study all eight plus an additional five units over the two years:
Unit 7: Contemporary Issues in Sciences
Unit 10: Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
Unit 11: Genetics and Genetic Engineering
Unit 15: Electrical Circuits and their Applications
Unit 21: Medical Physics
These qualifications are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examinations.
You should be aiming to progress to one of the many different types of degrees dealing with the applications of science and medicine.
DR AVTAR SINGH
- BSc in Physics from Imperial College, PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
- Postdoctoral research scientist in the National University of Singapore
- A Level & GCSE examiner for multiple boards
DR ADE ODULOJU
- PhD in Veterinary Medicine
- Keen interest in the STEM agenda in the UK
- Involved in the study and development of veterinary pharmaceuticals in the UK