Science (Applied) Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Certificate)

Course Description

Are you looking for a course that allows you to study Biology and Chemistry as well as other A Level subjects? You will study science in a real life perspective through practical work and collaborative learning. This is a well-structured and practical course which leads to a nationally recognised qualification and excellent opportunities for progression to a range of science related degree courses. This is an excellent advanced level course that is assessed by assignment.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6, grade 5 in two single Science subjects or Double award and GCSE grade 5 in English Language or Mathematics. The remaining grades should be no less than grade 4. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.

Course Content

The course is equivalent to one A Level and is studied over two years. It is assessed through a combination of laboratory practical and assignment work, with controlled and externally marked assessments. The grades you can be awarded are Pass, Merit or Distinction for each unit and the final award ranges from Pass to Distinction*.

Typically in the first year you will study the principles and applications of science before going on to see science investigation skills. You will also learn to use basic chemical practical techniques and study cell structure and function.

In the second year, you will study systems of the body which include the cardiorespiratory system, digestive system and the reproductive system.



There are 4 units of study, 3 mandatory and 1 optional. Two of the mandatory units consist of externally assessed examinations. The remaining units are assessed through assignment work.

Enrichment and Work Experience

As part of the course, all students will have the opportunity to complete a minimum of one week work experience in the summer term.  This will develop your employability skills and give you valuable experience for future applications. There will also be relevant visits and guest speakers from industry as well as demonstrations to enhance learning on the course.

Additional Information

Students need to bring basic stationery and a calculator to lessons, be punctual, engaged and ready to learn. We also expect you to commit to at least 5 hours per week outside of lesson on independent learning. This will include: homework, reading, research and revision for this subject.

Links with other subjects:

This course links well with PE, Sports Science, Psychology, Criminology, Health & Social Care as well as Mathematics.

Future Career Opportunities

The practical knowledge you acquire on this course and the ability to analyse data will be extremely useful if you want to go on to do a degree for example in Psychology, Sociology, Nursing or Sport.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

We have up-to-date facilities in the science laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment. Lessons are varied and interesting and include a combination of theory, practical and assignment work. Scenarios set the scene for assignment work and are realistic and vocational in context. Students have the opportunity to attend Operating Theatre Live, funded by The Sixth Form and a bespoke STEM event designed to provide independent advice and guidance on a wide range of careers and courses in the scientific and medical fields.