Applied Science

Sept 2016 is the final year of the course and will be replaced by the Applied General Science A level for AS students in 2016.

Applied Science is aimed at students who prefer assessment through coursework rather than exams. It is a good alternative to a separate science course, for those students who wish to study only one science A Level to progress to their desired programme at university. The course is especially suitable for students considering careers in areas such as nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, paramedic work and sports science. The first year has a mixture of mainly biology, with some chemistry and physics. The second year is entirely related to biology and health.

What will I study and how will it be assessed?

We follow the AQA specification. You will study different aspects of Biology, with a little Chemistry and Physics, but the work will be related to the real world wherever possible. In the first year of the course, you will study three units of work.

Where will the course lead me?

This course is ideal if you need a science A level to support a university application for such courses as PE, psychology, nursing, or midwifery. You may want to take the course just because you like science. If you are trying to choose whether to take Applied Science, or another science AS level such as Biology or Chemistry, ask yourself these questions:

• How do you learn best? Do you enjoy researching information for yourself and organising it into a really good piece of coursework?

• Do you find examinations very challenging and find that they don't allow you to show what you can really do?

• Are you well organised and good at meeting deadlines?

If these things apply to you, Applied Science may well be a good choice for you

  • Unit 7 Scientific Investigation
  • Unit 14 Healthy body
  • Unit 15 Pathology Services
Many industries employ scientists who are involved in investigation or research. This unit provides an opportunity to use the knowledge and skills you have gained in the other units of this specification to undertake research and investigative work of your own.
In this unit you will learn about: the stages involved in planning a practical investigation; how to conduct a practical investigation; how to record, process, evaluate and draw conclusions from the data obtained from the practical investigation; presenting your practical investigation to a client. You will study the Science behind Antimicrobial effects of mouthwashes.
A healthy body can enable a person to achieve realistic biological performance of activities of daily living – for example walking, feeding and dressing. A healthy body can also allow the realisation of sporting goals.
Those working in healthcare professions may be called on to take a number of measurements of the functions of human biological systems. These measurements can assist with diagnosis of disease, improvement of performance in sport, or recovery from illness or injury. In this unit you will consider some health and fitness measurements used to monitor the activity of the body.
Healthcare workers may also give advice about diet. You will investigate what is considered to be a healthy diet for different groups – for example children, the elderly and athletes. You will also look at how the digestive system works. You will find out about some of the chemical reactions that are needed to sustain life in the cells of the body. Many of these reactions require an input of energy. This is an examined unit.
In this unit you will learn about: the role of the biochemistry, haematology, microbiology and histopathology departments, and the types of tests undertaken in each department; the stages involved in the processing of specimens and the importance of health and safety principles; the knowledge and skills required by people working in the biochemistry and microbiology departments; how to conduct a microbiological analysis and either a chromatographic or electrophoresis analysis.


You can find further information on this course including exams, mark schemes and examiners reports on the AQA website.