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Applied Science concentrates on the use of science in vocational contexts with an emphasis on technical laboratory skills. It is ideal for students seeking grounding in all threes major science disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

This courses have greater emphasis on laboratory techniques than the Science A Levels with the aim of familiarising students with technical knowledge needed for employment in the science industry.

The Applied Science Extended Certificate can be studied alongside two other subjects. It cannot be combined with A Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics as many topics overlap but can be paired with any other A Level or Extended Certificate combination and pairs particularly well with Environmental Science, Geology, Geography and also PE for progression into the Environmental Sciences, Earth Sciences or Sports Nutrition career pathways.

If you are interested in a career in Forensic Science or Biomedical Sciences than you may wish to consider studying the Extended Diploma in Applied Science.

The Applied Science qualifications offer active learning in a vocational context, building confidence, competence and motivation through the programme. Vocational Applied Science is recognised by employers, professional institutions and higher education establishments and is closely attuned to the needs of the employers in the science marketplace.

Assignments can be in written form but they are just as likely to be produced in other forms such as presentations, practical assessments, video presentations or experiments.


Many of the theoretical concepts covered in Applied Science are similar to concepts studied in the A Level sciences but with a much greater emphasis on the application in the scientific workplace.

Within this course students also have the opportunity to study other areas in more depth including:

  • Development of practical skills for the scientific workplace
  • Using the correct scientific protocols to plan and execute independent investigations
  • The interpretation and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data in vocational contexts
  • Scientific collaboration including methods of sharing knowledge
  • The human body and its organ systems
  • Chemical reactions
  • Electrical circuits and energy


Forensic Science and Biomedical Science are two pathways available through the Extended Diploma. You will study the same key foundation content in Year 1 and chose either a forensic or biomedical specialism which best fits with your progression plans.

Assessment is a mixture of coursework (58%) and exam (42%), these exams are both written and practical.

This qualification is equivalent to three A Levels and will make up the entirety of your Study Programme. 

Modules include:

  • Medical Physics Applications
  • Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis
  • Principles and Applications of Science
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Laboratory Techniques and their Application
  • Investigative Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Science
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Biomedical Science

Progression routes:

Accepted widely by universities (including Russell Group) for Science courses this qualification can be used for a variety of careers including; Police Forensic Science, Nursing, Paramedic Science, Physiotherapy, Clinical Psychology, Biomedical Sciences, Lab Technician, Environmental Management, Geoscience, Food Technology, Sports Science, Sports Technology, Social Research and Primary Education.

Standard College entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language or Literature.

You will also need a GCSE Science or Applied Science at grade 5 or above and GCSE Mathematics minimum grade 5.

Can I study Vocational Applied Science without a GCSE in Science?

You should have core and additional GCSE Science at grade 5 or higher, or have a Merit in Vocational Science.

How is the course assessed?

The courses are assessed by vocational orientated coursework and external assessment.

Can I take Vocational Applied Science Extended Certificate with A Level Science?

No. You cannot take Applied Science alongside A Level Chemistry, A Level Physics or A Level Biology as they share many topics and areas of study.

Do I need to take A Level Maths with the Vocational Applied Science Extended Certificate?

No, but students will need to be competent in Maths.