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Applied Science at Brighouse High School

Course description

The AQA Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science course is a demanding level 3 vocational qualification. It provides a broad understanding of applied science to support progress to higher education.

Applied Science is a practical science course that contains elements of all three sciences. The course covers some of the theory found in the separate science A-level courses, but sets it in a real world context. In this course you not only learn scientific theory but how scientific professionals use this understanding to carry out their job.

As well as learning the main scientific principles associated with Biology, Chemistry and Physics students will also cover experimental and practical techniques associated with applied science as well as the roles and skills of scientists, and the public and media perception of science.

The course is assessed through a combination of internal and external assessment, with an equal 50/50 weighting for each. All external assessment is in the form of written exams and the internal assessment is achieved through the production of several portfolios of work.

The final grades awarded are pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.


Course content

Year 12 Course Content:


Unit 1: Key Concepts in Science

  • Externally assessed through a written examination, 1 hour 30 minutes           
  • The aim of this unit is that students develop an understanding of key concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics to apply them to vocational situations and contexts. Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of cell structure, Transport mechanisms, the heart, breathing and cellular respiration, atomic structure, the Periodic Table, bonding and structure, useful energy and efficiency, electricity and circuits and dynamics

Unit 2: Applied Experimental Techniques

  • Internally assessed - Students will produce two scientific reports for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics techniques.
  • In this unit, learners will research the background to a number of analytical and experimental techniques, learn and practise these techniques, and then use them in the ways in which these analytical and experimental techniques are applied in the relevant science sectors in industry

Unit 3: Science in the Modern World

  • Externally assessed through a written examination, 1 hour 30 minutes           
  • Scientists argue that if society is to support scientific research, the public needs to understand the nature and limitations of science. Various types of media may be used to communicate scientific theory and ideas, including: scientific journals, websites, newspapers, radio and television. This unit is designed to enable learners to develop their ability to interpret information, to process and present data and to evaluate their usefulness and appropriateness.


Year 13 Course Content:

Unit 4: The Human Body

  • Externally assessed through a written examination, 1 hour 30 minutes
  • The aim of this unit is that learners develop an understanding of key concepts relating to the human body in vocational contexts, such as the work of sports scientists, nurses and dieticians. Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the digestive system, the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system and muscular contraction for movement, how oxygen is transported in the blood and the structure and function of the nervous system and brain.


Unit 5: Investigating Science

  • Internally assessed – Students will produce a scientific report and presentation on an investigation for an appropriate audience.
  • In this unit students undertake the role of a research scientist, following standard procedures to complete a scientific investigation. Students will plan, carry out, analyse the data collected and evaluate the procedure used.

Unit 6: Optional unit

  • Students will complete and internally assessed unit based on either microbiology, medical physics or organic chemistry.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements: A minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C grades including Mathematics and English language.

A minimum of a grade C is required in Core Science or Level 2 BTEC Science.


Assessment: 3 exams and 3 coursework submissions at the end of 2 years of study in May/June 2018.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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