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Applied Science

How many hours per week?

Teaching contact time is 4 hours and 20 minutes per subject. Other workshops will be available throughout the year including over some holiday periods. Students are expected to complete up to 4 hours of independent study to complete assignments, homework, extra reading and independent research.

Entry Requirements

  • Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics
  • Grade 4 in GCSE English Language
  • Grade 4 & 5 or above in two relevant sciences
  • Attainment 8 score: 41

What is attainment 8?


Exam Board

Pearson Apply for this course


Course Overview

Applied Science is for students who are interested in science, science-related or health-related issues. It explores the foundations of Biology, Chemistry & Physics and has a large amount of practical work. It allows you to use techniques that are employed in the workplace and understand the industries that use science.

If you choose this course you will benefit from:

  • Experienced teachers who have worked in the science industry and in scientific research
  • Visits to pathology and water treatment laboratories, the Natural History museum and De Montfort University
  • The opportunity to experience and study all three sciences
  • Access to modern equipment and the development of independent practical skills

What will I learn?

In the first year you will study:

  • The structure of atoms and the periodic table
  • Chemical bonding
  • Balancing equations
  • Cell structure and specialised cells
  • Tissue structure and adaptations to function
  • Waves and the EM spectrum
  • The science behind communication: optic fibres, satellites, mobile phones
  • Practical work in chromatography, colourimetry, titration and calorimetry


In the second year you will study:

  • How to plan and run a practical investigation
  • Enzymes in action
  • Movement of molecules
  • Plants and their environments
  • Energy content in fuels
  • Electrical circuits
  • DNA and the genetic code
  • Inheritance
  • Genetic Engineering

What will I be taught?

Flipped learning is used to encourage students to explore materials and resources for themselves and to develop skills in the classroom

Classroom activities will include:

  • Practical investigation
  • Group work
  • Exam based assessments
  • Quizzes and tests

Where will this course take me?

As part of a wider programme this course provides an excellent basis for progression to many careers or university courses.

Former students of this college have gone on to study:

  • Nursing
  • Teaching
  • Forensic science
  • Occupational therapy
  • Sports studies
  • Radiology
  • Animal health
  • Food and nutrition

How will I be assessed?

  • 50% exam and 50% coursework in the form of assignments
  • Principles and applications of science (exam) 25%
  • Practical scientific procedures & techniques 25%
  • Science investigation skills (exam) 33.3%
  • Genes and genetic engineering 16.7%

Staff Contact Details

Anthony Cooper-Percival

Kayan Parker

Helen Walton