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Applied Science Single Award AS at Weatherhead High School

Course description

Are you interested in broader aspects of Science?
Would you like to understand the applications of Science in everyday life and in the workplace?
Do you want an AS or A2 that develops your organisational, practical and communication skills ?
Then taking Applied Science may be the answer!

Course content

Applied Science is taught as a modular course at both AS and A2 level. This modular course focuses on the applications of Science in the working world. You will be able to choose portfolio units in A2 that suit the direction of your career/university studies.

Entry requirements

You will need at least a Higher Tier grade C in both GCSE Science and Additional Science or BTEC Science at Distinction level to take Applied Science at AS/A2 Level, along with C grades in GCSE English and Mathematics.


Unit 1 - Science at Work

Application of science in the workplace - a survey of different science-based organisations and an in-depth study on your choice of organisation e.g. health care, health and fitness centres, public services, science laboratories. Assessment: portfolio unit (33% AS; 17% A2).

Unit 2 - Analysis at Work

Studying this unit will develop your understanding of analytical techniques used in forensic, pathology and research laboratories, and also in chemical and energy industries. Assessment: portfolio unit (33% AS; 17% A2).

Unit 3 - Monitoring the activity of the Human Body

In this unit you will learn how healthcare industries collect and use data about the human body and its organs. You will be introduced to medical imaging (X-rays, MRI and CAT scans, Ultrasound) and ethical issues related to diagnosis, treatment and monitoring patients. Assessment: structured question paper in June Year 12 (33% AS; 17% A2).

Further information

You will be taught by enthusiastic and dedicated staff who will work with you to ensure you achieve your best. You will have an opportunity to look more closely at topics introduced in GCSE Science and Additional Science and to learn more about how Science impacts the world around us. impacts the world around us.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weatherhead High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year