Science (Applied)

Course Description

Applied Science is an in-depth practical science focused course that also includes a broad range of related fields from engineering, business, pharmacy, zoology to biochemistry. The course is less weighted towards examinations, so if you are interested in a career involving practical work in a science-based organisation and prefer portfolio-based assessment of your scientific investigations, then this course will appeal to you.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have five GCSEs at grade 9-5, including a minimum of grade 5 in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and two grade 5s in GCSE single Science subjects, or Combined Science.

Features of the Course

The course is equivalent to three A Levels and is assessed over two years by a combination of laboratory practical, written assignment and controlled and externally marked assessments. The grades you can be awarded are Pass, Merit or Distinction for each unit.

In the first year, you will study the principles and applications of science before going on to see contemporary issues in science. You will also learn to use basic chemical practical techniques as well as studying biological molecules and metabolic pathways. You will then go on to study applications of organic chemistry. You will also investigate electrical circuits and their applications.

In the second year, you will have the opportunity to select your own investigative project where you research and report on a scientific topic that interests you, or links directly to your desired profession.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to develop a myriad of transferable skills, independent study skills, practical skills, manipulating data and organisation skills that will aid in the transition to employment or higher education.


There are 13 units of study, seven mandatory and six optional. Four of the mandatory units consist of externally assessed examinations. The remaining units are assessed through assignment work.

Exam Board: Pearson RQF

Enrichment and Work Experience

As part of the course, all students will be expected to complete a minimum of one-week work experience. In the second year, students have the opportunity to undertake an industry placement, carried out over two days every week. 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 will bring basic stationery and a calculator to lessons, be punctual, engaged and ready to learn. We also expect you to commit to at least five hours per week outside of lesson to be spent on independent learning. This will include: homework, reading, research, and revision for this subject.

Future Career Opportunities

Our students go to university to study optometry, pharmacy, pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry, radiography, audiology, podiatry, dental technology , nursing, biomedical science, forensic science, forensic chemistry, operating theatre studies, nutritional science, neuroscience, petroleum engineering, engineering and other courses.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

We have up-to-date facilities in the science laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment for practical investigations. Lessons are varied and interesting and there is a good combination of theory, practical and assignment work. Scenarios set the scene for assignment work and are vocational in context. You also have the option to study an additional subject of Core Mathematics.

Students have the opportunity to attend Operating Theatre Live, partially 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.