Applied Science Level 2

Course Information

  • Course Code: S104
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Study mode: Full Time

Applied Science, Level 2 is appropriate for you is you wish to pursue a career in most industries where a scientist is essential for research and development, quality control and hygiene or for those who wish to study science at university.

You will study in our well-equipped science laboratories within the sixth form centre.  This one-year course will provide you with a baseline understanding of biology, chemistry, physics and forensic psychology.

The course is equivalent to four GCSEs.

During your time at Blackburn College you will be able to take the opportunity to upgrade your GCSE Maths and/or English Language results.

What will I study?

Skills and knowledge from across the main scientific disciplines (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) will be delivered via 12 units of study which include:

  • Principles of Science
  • Chemistry and Our Earth
  • Energy and Our Universe
  • Biology and Our Environment
  • Applications of Chemical Substances
  • Applications of Physical Science
  • Health Applications of Life Science
  • Scientific Skills
  • Understanding Human Behaviour
  • The Living Body
  • Chemical Analysis and Detection
  • Electronics in Action

You will participate in the work experience week in the summer and have the opportunity to go on various trips throughout the year.

Entry Requirements

Candidates for this course normally require a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade 4, 2 in Science (Core and Additional), 1 in English Language and 1in Maths, plus one other.

How will I be assessed?

Principles of Science and scientific skills units are externally assessed via examination in March with a chance of a resit to improve your grade in May.

All the other units are internally assessed via coursework, with an opportunity of improving your grade by resubmitting your work.

You will also get an opportunity to improve your GCSE English Language and/or Maths grade by examination in June.

What can I do next?

Next Steps

On completion of this course, you may:

  • Find employment in the science industry
  • Start an Apprenticeship in an appropriate sector
  • Progress onto the Level 3 Applied science course (subject to satisfactory completion of all aspects of this course), with a view to studying a relevant degree at university.


Career Options?

Past students have completed this course and progressed onto the Level 3 Applied science and then gone onto university to study:

  • Human Biology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Aviation Studies
  • Pharmacology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Pharmacy
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Career Options

Biomedical Scientist

Biomedical scientists test samples from patients to support doctors and healthcare professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. If you enjoy science and you are interested in medicine and health care, this could be a great job choice for you.

As a biomedical scientist you will need to have an enquiring mind and be good at solving problems. You will need to be able to concentrate for long periods of time and have good attention to detail.

To work as a biomedical scientist you will need a BSc (Hons) degree accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). You will also need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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Clinical Scientist

Clinical scientists (or healthcare scientists) use their knowledge of science to help prevent, diagnose and treat illness. They research and develop the techniques and equipment used by medical staff.

If you are interested in science and technology, and you want to work in healthcare, this job could be ideal for you. You will also need excellent communication skills, and be able to work well in a team.

To become a clinical scientist, you will need to have a degree in a relevant science subject, and then complete the three-year NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP).?

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Consumer Scientist

Consumer scientists study why people use or buy certain products and services. As a consumer scientist, you would research the tastes and needs of consumers and give advice to manufacturers and retailers on how to improve the quality, design and popularity of an item or service.

If you enjoy research, are interested in business and psychology, and you have excellent communication skills then this role could suit you well.

To become a consumer scientist you will usually need a degree in a relevant subject such as consumer studies or food science and technology.??

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Food Scientist-food Technologist

Food scientists and food technologists work in the food and drink industry developing a wide range of products and making sure they are safe for consumers. If you have a scientific mind and are interested in food production and preparation, this job could be ideal for you.

In this job you will need good attention to detail. You’ll also need to follow strict health and safety, and food hygiene rules.

Most new food scientists and technologists have an HND, foundation degree or degree in a subject such as food science, food studies or food technology. Another route into this career is to find work as a lab technician and study towards relevant qualifications. You may also be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship scheme.

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Forensic Scientist

If you enjoy science and want to help solve crimes, this job could be perfect for you. This type of scientist prepares traces of physical evidence for use in courts of law.

Before you can start as a trainee you are likely to need an honours degree in a biology or chemistry-related subject.

As well as a degree, you will need to have an enquiring mind. You’ll need to have a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail. Often you’ll have to meet deadlines and work under pressure.

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As a biochemist you would investigate the chemical processes that take place inside all living things from viruses and bacteria to people. If you are interested in the natural world and would enjoy looking at life at a smaller, molecular level then, this could be a job you would enjoy.

You will need a high level of skill and ability in science and be good at solving problems. Working accurately and having an eye for detail will help you carry out work like exploring samples under a microscope.

To become a biochemist you will need to have a relevant degree. Some employers may expect you to have, or be working towards a postgraduate qualification such as an MSc or PhD. ?? 

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If you are fascinated by chemistry and enjoy experimenting, this job could be ideal for you. Chemists study the make-up of chemicals and materials. They also investigate how they interact and behave under different conditions.

To be a chemist, you will need to have an enquiring mind and be keen to explore and solve problems. You will also need an interest in technology and have good spoken and written communication skills so that you can record and share your findings.

To work as a chemist you would usually need a BSc (Hons) degree and sometimes a postgraduate qualification as well.

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As a biologist you would study living things like plants and animals and the world they live in. If you are interested in the natural world and enjoy practical science then there could be opportunities for you as a biologist.

To become a biologist you will need to have an enquiring mind and good problem solving skills. You will also need to work accurately and pay close attention to detail.

Most employers will expect you to have a relevant degree and a master’s qualification. Some employers might also want you to have, or be working towards, a PhD.

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Physicists study the world around us and try to uncover the laws which govern how and why objects exist and behave as they do. Their research and findings act as the scientific basis for developments in all kinds of technology from communications and energy efficiency to space and satellites.

If you're good at science and maths, and a logical thinker, being a physicist could be the career for you. You'll also need an enquiring mind and the ability to communicate well.

To get into this job you will usually need a degree in physics, applied physics or a related science or engineering subject. You may also need a relevant postgraduate qualification such as an MSc, MPhil or PhD.

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Chemical Engineer

As a chemical or process engineer you would research and design the machinery and processes used to turn raw materials into everyday products such as fuel, plastics and food. If you are interested in chemistry and enjoy solving problems then this could be the career for you.

You’ll be using your knowledge of maths and science to help you analyse problems and come up with solutions. Good management skills will help you to successfully manage projects, budgets and people.

To become a chemical engineer, you would usually need an accredited BEng degree in chemical or process engineering.

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The Science facilities in the Sixth Form Building are excellent with all teaching rooms and laboratories equipped with interactive electronic boards. We currently have a suite of five science laboratories, including a specialist facility for Electronics which are modern and well-equipped for Advanced Level experimental work. The LRC and private study facilities are second to none and wide-ranging resources are in constant development to support study.


We have also invested in a £7m Futures Centre, equipped to give students with a particular interest in STEM related subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) the right learning environment to progress into their chosen careers.

Enrichment & Employability

Science students have the opportunity to see a host of special guests throughout the year, to pass on their experience of working in a science-related career:

  • Professor Laurence Krauss from Arizona State University on Astrophysics
  • Dr Eugene Lim from King’s College London and Cambridge University on Cosmology in the 21st Century
  • Dr Andrew Thomas from the University of Manchester who has visited the college twice - discuss surfaces and interfaces in Physics, Chemistry and Medicine; and once to discuss a variety of subjects regarding Physics and Chemistry, including cryogenics, magnetism and chemical energy.


These talks are free for students to attend, and take place throughout the year.


Students getting involved in activities outside the classroom can help with confidence, skills building and making new friends. These attributes is why we invest a lot of time and effort into the enrichment programme that is in place for students to get involved in. These activities have been specifically chosen by students who are interested in taking part in their leisure time. The college Sports Development Officer and Learner Voice Coordinator regularly attends student representative meetings to see what other activities could be offered, in order to develop future enrichment programmes.