Applied Science


Forensic or Medical Science

Do you want to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics? Do you want a more coursework-based subject? Applied Science is a more directly applied course compared to these A Levels.

Course at a glance

Entry Requirements:

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


BTEC Pearson


2 Years

More about this course

What you'll study

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

The compulsory units for both routes are:

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Working in the Science Industry
  • Scientific Investigation
  • Scientific Practical Techniques.
  • Perceptions in Science
  • Using Mathematical Tools in Science
Forensic Science Optional Units

You will study units that include applications of forensic psychology, forensic evidence collection and analysis, criminology, traffic accident investigation, forensic fire investigation and criminal psychology.

Medical Science Optional Units

This route is more Chemistry based. You will study units that include medical physics techniques, physiology of the human body systems, disease and infection, genetics and genetic engineering, and practical chemical analysis.

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 is all coursework with no exam. You will build up a portfolio of assignments over the two-year course.

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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