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Applied Science at St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College

Course description

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.

Course content

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.

Entry requirements

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

Financial information

Other than planned educational visits and placements there are no other costs involved.

Future opportunities

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.

Last updated date: 11 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year each for AS and for A2