Applied Science


Forensic or Medical Science

Do you want to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics? Do you want a more coursework-based subject?

Course at a glance

Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs Grade 4-9 (including English Language and Maths) and Grade 4 in double award Science


Pearson BTEC National


2 Years

More about this course

What you'll study

The qualification consists of studying 6 or 7 units each year. You will choose whether you wish to take the Forensic or Medical route, and your optional units will be tailored for each.

You will study a total of 13 units over the two years, of which 4 are examined.

The core units for both routes are: Principles and Applications of Science, Practical scientific procedures and techniques, Science investigation skills, Laboratory techniques and their applications, an Investigative project, and Contemporary issues in science.

Medical Science optional units could include: Medical physics applications, Applications of organic chemistry, Genetics and genetic engineering, Diseases and infections, Applications of inorganic chemistry, Biomedical science and Human regulation and reproduction.

Forensic Science optional units could include: Forensic evidence collection and analysis, Forensic fire investigation, Forensic traffic collision investigation, Physiology of human body systems, Practical chemical analysis or Microbiology and microbiology techniques.

Beyond the course

You will have the opportunity to visit a range of science-based institutions and organisations, as well as hearing about a variety of careers from professionals who will be invited to speak to you to support different units of your studies. A real highlight of the course is the opportunity to complete work experience in an area of applied science that is of interest to you.


Assessment for this course is a combination of exams and coursework.The exams include a mixture of multiple choice, short and long answered questions, practical write-ups and research-based tasks. You will also produce a coursework portfolio each year.

Future career opportunities

The Forensic route could lead to careers in forensic science or criminology. The Medical Route could lead to careers in biomedical sciences, nursing or pharmacology. Both routes could allow you to train as a lab technician or to work in scientific research.

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