Applied Science

This is a fantastic opportunity for students who wish to study science subjects in more depth with a view to pursuing science based careers in the future.

What’s it about?

Why study Applied Science?

Entry requirements

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Students will gain the right combination of knowledge, understanding and skills required for the 21st century. The Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in Applied Science has been developed to meet the changing needs of the sector and prepares students for the challenges they’ll face in Higher Education or employment. These qualifications have been designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector. They focus on the requirements that today’s universities, professional vocational colleges and employers demand. A wide range of centre assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities, as well as examined units on Science Fundamentals, Laboratory Techniques and Scientific Analysis and Reporting, has resulted in focused qualifications which complement a Key Stage 5 study programme alongside other vocational qualifications or A Levels.

Students will develop professional and practical skills through carrying out real experiments and research as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. Students will be made aware of safe working practices in a lab and the strict legal requirements they must adhere to. Students will also gain an understanding of the different types of scientific industries and settings plus how laboratory design can vary across organisations and sectors. Students will understand the variety of opportunities available to them and the roles and responsibilities of businesses and organisations within the sector. This will make sure students develop clear ideas about where they might like to take their career.

The Course Structure

The course consists of 5 units across 2 years of study with a mix of external and internal examination.

These units are:

  1. Science fundamentals
  2. Laboratory techniques
  3. Control of Hazards in the laboratory
  4. Microbiology
  5. Product testing techniques

Students achieve UCAS points for passing each of the modules, the number of points they can achieve in total varies with the grade they achieve.

Students can achieve the following grades:

Pass = E
Merit = C
Distinction = A
Distinction* = A*

Potential Careers

  • Engineering
  • Health
  • Laboratory technician
  • Manufacturing
  • Microbiologist
  • Nurse
  • Paramedic
  • Science

 Why Study Applied Science?

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
Applied Science

BTEC Level 3

At least a 55 or 54 Double Science or 5+ Biology and 5+ Chemistry and 4+ Physics Triple Science Extended certificate