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Applied Science AS/A Level at Sheldon School

Course description

We cover engaging areas of study including applied experimental techniques and Science in the modern world. There’s an opportunity to undertake a scientific investigation, and optional units in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Through a combination of internally marked and externally assessed units, these qualifications will provide learners with the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a practical and relevant way.

Course content

Unit 1 Key Concepts in Science (Written exam) The aim of this unit is that learners develop an understanding of key concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, building on their knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum KS4 Science subject content gained in previous studies. As a result of studying this unit, learners will be able to apply these key concepts to vocational situations and contexts.

Unit 2 - Applied Experimental Techniques (Portfolio) This unit is designed to introduce learners to new experimental techniques, to reinforce methods met previously and to enable learners to apply these methods to new situations. Contexts for experimental work could be set, for example, in research for new pharmaceutical products, the quality control of existing products and the investigation of new materials, ecological investigations, consideration of the most suitable material to use for a specific application, or in a forensic or pathology laboratory.

Unit 3 - Science in the Modern World (Written exam) The aim of this unit is to enable learners to analyse and evaluate scientific information, to develop critical thinking skills and to understand the use of the media to communicate scientific ideas and theories. Learners will develop an understanding of how science is used in organisations and of the roles and responsibilities of their scientifically-qualified staff.

Unit 4 - The Human Body (Written exam) The aim of this unit is for learners to develop knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the digestive system, the components of a balanced diet and the effects of imbalances of diet on health. They will also learn about the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system and muscular contraction for movement. Learners will understand how oxygen is transported in the blood and how physiological meaasurements can be applied. They will learn about the structure and function of the nervous system and brain, including nerve impulses. Learners will develop the ability to apply each of these concepts to new situations in vocational contexts, such as the work of sports scientists, nurses, dieticians, etc.

Unit 5 - Investigating Science (Portfolio) The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to undertake the role of a research scientist, following standard procedures to complete a scientific investigation. The context of the investigation will enable learners to use their knowledge and skills in carrying out a scientific investigation.

Students will also be offered one optional portfolio to complete.

Entry requirements

Learners will need four GCSEs at grade C or above, including Science, Maths and English.


2 Exams and 4 coursework parts.

Future opportunities

Particularly useful if you wish to pursue Vocational or Higher Education studies in any Biology or Human Biology based Degree Courses; and careers in any of the Health Professions, Food Industry, Environmental Health, Sports Science, Biomedical Sciences, Medical Laboratory Science and Forensic Analysis. Preference will be given to those students who can demonstrate a firm vocational reason for choosing the course and have evidence of a high level of commitment towards coursework at GCSE.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years