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.
Many of the theoretical concepts covered are similar to concepts studied in the A level sciences but with a much greater emphasis on the application in the scientific workplace.
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
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 Certificates and pairs particuarly well with Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography and also PE for progression into the Environmental Sciences, Earth Sciences or Sports Nutrition career paths.
The qualification offers 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.