Summary of course content:

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. Employers and professional bodies have also been involved and consulted to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for students planning to enter employment directly in the applied science sector.

You will study three mandatory units:

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills.

We then choose one optional unit which has been designed to support choices in progression to applied science courses in higher education.

Optional units include:

  • Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Unit 10: Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Unit 13: Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Unit 15: Electrical Circuits and their Application.

Progression and Career routes:

The requirements of the qualification mean that you develop the transferable and higher order skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers. When studying Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills, you will develop skills on how to plan investigations, collect, analyse and present data as well as communicate the results which are all valuable for higher education, employment, self-employment or training.

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses when taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning, including, but not exclusively, those which have a relationship with science.

The qualification can be taken as part of a diverse programme, leaving progression options fully open. It can also give context to higher education subjects which would benefit from some scientific background. This would depend on the combination of qualifications chosen. For example, taken alongside:

  • Mathematics and/or Engineering to progress to engineering related courses.
  • Psychology and Sport or PE to progress onto sport psychology courses.
  • Health and Social Care to progress to nursing courses.
  • Sport or PE to progress to sport and exercise science courses
  • Geography to progress to geography or environmental science courses.

How to access this course:

You will need at least a Level 5 in GCSE combined Science or Level 5 in two of the three GCSE separate sciences. Alternatively a Merit in the BTEC Level 2 National Diploma in Applied Science