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Applied Science at Felixstowe Academy

Course description

This course follows on from GCSE Applied Science or GCSE Gateway Science. It is intended to give you insight into how science is actually carried out in both the public sector, (forensic labs, pathology labs and hospitals etc) and the private commercial sector. Applied science allows you to continue to study in all the varied areas of science, develop broad knowledge and understanding of the subject and further develop your scientific abilities and skills.

Course content

Summary of subject content: AS Units

  • Science at work (single & double award)
  • Analysis at work (single &double award)
  • Monitoring the activity of the human body (single & double award)
  • Calls and molecules (double award only)
  • Forensic science (double award only)
  • The physics of sport (double award only)

    Summary of subject content: A2 Units

  • Investigating the scientist work (single & double award)
  • Sampling testing and processing (single & double award)
  • Synthesizing organic chemicals (single & double award)
  • Materials for a purpose (Double award only)

    Two units to be chosen from units 10-14

  • Electrons in action
  • The mind and the brain
  • Ecology and managing the enviroment
  • Applications of biotechnology
  • Working waves

Entry requirements

This course is aimed at students with grade C in science, mathematics and english, though many students will have more than this.


The course is 66% portfolio based internal assessment, (with external moderation) and 33% examination.

Future opportunities

The GCE double award applied science is worth two A Levels; the single award is one A Level and is recognised by employers and universities, with grades A-E available as passes.

Applied science provides a good grounding for you to go on to take another course or to start work.

You might decide to go to university and take a degree or diploma in a more specialised subject are such as nursing or chemical engineering. Start work, an applied science A Level is a good basis for a range of jobs in technology and engineering based industries. Or start work and take a national vocational qualification in a range of occupations.

Further information

During your course you will take part in a wide variety of different activities, carrying out practical investigations, developing presentations, and visiting and working with people using applications of science in industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Felixstowe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years