Applied Science

Reasons to study this course

  • It offers an exciting look at science through applications rather than theory.
  • You will conduct in-depth practical work and your own research.
  • Learning methods include completing assignments, case studies and projects based on workplace situations.
  • You will learn about demands and legislation that exist in the workplace.
  • You will develop independence as a learner and obtain transferrable skills in preparation for a career or higher-level study.

What you will need to study this course

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Science, English and Maths or Level 2 vocational qualification in Science at merit level plus Grade 4 in GCSE Maths and GCSE English

What you will study

Up to six mandatory units: Principles and Applications of Science, Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques, Science Investigation Skills, Laboratory Techniques and their Application and Investigative Project.

Up to two optional units: Diseases and Infections and Applications of Organic Chemistry.

Both courses are delivered over two years.

How you will be assessed

Practical work, projects, assignments and externally assessed examinations. This approach may appeal to those who prefer a mix of portfolio-based and exam assessment.

Priestley Extra

A number of visits to increase understanding of science in the workplace. Students have visited Fiddlers Ferry Power Station, Manchester University and Chester University.


Full-time degree courses, apprenticeship or employment. BTEC Diplomas can provide access to work in hospitals, education, quality control, testing and environmental science laboratories.

Recommended reading

Books – Applied Science Revision Guide by David Brentnall

Websites – Bozeman Science –

Websites – Khan Academy –

Television – Horizon on the BBC iplayer

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