Applied Science at St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College
Teaching is based both on traditional lectures and on discussions. Students are issued with a course text book to support each module and to help with their research and homework. The Science Department is well equipped and places considerable emphasis on practical work.
• Develops and applies appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding.
• Students appreciate and evaluate the impact that science has in society.
• Supports and complements other programmes of advanced level study.
• For students wishing to pursue further studies or careers in science.
The Applied Science course is tailored towards students whose best work is produced in coursework, rather than the more traditional academic route. Both the AS and A2 are both split equally into three modules: two of these are coursework portfolios, and the third is externally examined. The focus of this A Level is on the applications of biology, chemistry and physics to industry and society. The course follows the OCR Applied Science syllabus.
In order to be in a position to access the course, study for the exams, and complete the coursework requirements the following are required:
Separate Science : A* , A or B
GCSE Science & Additional Science : A*/A*, A/A , B/B
A grade C or above in GCSE maths is also required
Advanced Subsidiary Units First Year
Unit Method of Assessment AS %
Unit G620 Science at Work Portfolio work 16.67%
Unit G621 Analysis at work Portfolio work 16.67 %
Unit G622 Monitoring the activity of the human body Written paper 16.67 %
Unit G623 Cells & Molecules Written paper 16.67 %
Unit G624 Chemicals for a purpose Portfolio work 16.67 %
Unit G625 Forensic Science Portfolio work 16.67 %
Unit G626 The Physics of Sport Portfolio work 16.67 %
Advanced Level Units Second Year
Unit Method of Assessment Total A Level %
Unit G627 Investigating the Scientist’s work Portfolio work 16.67 %
Unit G628 Sampling, testing and processing Written paper 16.67 %
Unit G629 Synthesising organic chemicals Portfolio Work 16.67 %
Unit G630 Materials for a purpose Portfolio Work 16.67 %
Unit G631 Electrons in action Portfolio Work 16.67 %
Unit G632 The mind & the brain Portfolio Work 16.67 %
Unit G633 Ecology & managing the environment Portfolio Work 16.67 %
Unit G634 Applications of Biotechnology Portfolio Work 16.67 %
Unit G635 Working waves Written paper 16.67 %
The overall grade at Advanced level is determined by performance in the AS units and A2 units
Other than planned educational visits and placements there are no other costs involved.
Applied Science combines well with other subjects. Career prospects for students with an Applied Science qualification are good because there is a shortage of students taking this subject.
With a qualification in Applied Science you could go on to Further or Higher Education, studying one of the sciences or related subjects, or work in science-based industry e.g Chemical engineering, materials science or biotechnology.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College directly.