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A-Level (AS/A2) in Applied Science at Archbishop Holgate's School

Course description

This exciting course helps you to understand the world of Applied Science by looking at applications rather than theories. There is plenty of opportunity to conduct more in-depth practical work and time to complete your own research. It is ideal if you do not want to take a purely academic style A-Level as it allows you to get the best of both worlds by gaining a respected A-Level qualification that encompasses the world of work.

The course complements other A2 sciences such as Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Geography. In addition, it links well with vocational courses such as Business or Health and Social Care and is accepted for further study at Degree level and employment in fields such as nursing, environmental sciences and food sciences.

For this course you will need to be organised and have excellent attendance as you will need to keep up with the highly demanding coursework element. There will be plenty of opportunity to develop transferable skills such as analysing, critical thinking, evaluation and planning longer practical projects. Activities are included so that you can develop your research, ICT and numeracy skills whilst learning how to present high quality work.

You must be prepared to work extremely hard in Applied Science, especially with coursework, if you are to succeed.

Course content

Areas include science at work, analysis at work and monitoring the activity of the human body. The course also includes sampling, testing and processing, investigating the scientists work and application of biotechnology.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Sixth Form are 5 A*- C at GCSE, including English and Mathematics, although certain courses will have specific requirements.






Both the AS and A2 course will comprise two portfolios and one external exam.

Financial information

Over the duration of this course students may be required to attend visits to further their learning.   If there are any cost implications student will be notified in advance and financial support may be offered to students who would have difficulty funding such visits.



Further information

During the course we will make visits to increase our understanding of science in the workplace. Last year we went on several visits and had guest speakers visiting the Sixth Form.

To find out more about this qualification contact us on 01904 411341 or email (sixthform@, your school/college careers staff or get further information and advice from

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Holgate's School directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014
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