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Applied Science Single Award A2 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 4 - Investigating the Scientist's 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: structured question paper in Year 13 (33% AS; 17% A2).

Unit 5 - Working waves

By studying this unit, students will be able to understand the principles involved in the use of waves for a variety of purpose in the modern world (e.g. medicine, engineering and communication). Assessment: structured question paper June Year 13 (17% A2)

Unit 6 - Option Unit Ecology and managing the environment

You will learn the techniques used by ecologists to study ecosystems and develop an understanding of the relationships with ecosystems. Assessment: portfolio unit (17% A2).

or Applications of biotechnology

Biotechnology is the use of organisms, cells and parts of cells, for instance, in recombinant DNA technology and vaccine production, for commercial, industrial and medical purposes. Few scientific subjects generate as much media interest as biotechnology and once candidates have completed this unit they will be able to seperate the myth from reality. Assessment: portfolio unit (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