Applied Science

Vocational Level 3

This qualification is for students who want to continue their science studies but who may not want to study the A Level programmes.

This course is for you...

...you are interested in continuing to study science through applied learning.

Where can this course lead to?

Students may choose to progress onto university to study a science or health-related degree. 

What will I study on this course?

The aim of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to learn about modern science and its effect on our daily lives; to provide a recognised science qualification for certain career paths; and to offer a qualification that complements a wide range of other qualifications at Level 3.

The topics in the first year include:

  • Chemistry: bonding and structure of the atom
  • Physics: waves and communication
  • Biology: cells and tissues
  • Laboratory skills: wide variety of practicals including: titrations, colorimetry, chromatography

The topics in the second year include:

  • Laboratory skills: planning and analysing results of experiments including enzymes, fuels, electrical circuits
  • Genetics and genetic engineering

You will develop the transferable and higher order skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers.

For example, when studying Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills, you will develop skills including how to plan investigations, collecting, analysing, and presenting data and communicating results which support some of the skills you need to progress to higher education, employment, self-employment or training.

Extended opportunities and enrichment

There will be regular opportunities for practical work and you will learn a wide range of practical techniques, including some that cannot usually be done in science classes at school.


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