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Applied Science (Level 2 First Award) (16 – 18) — Full-time

Course outline

This course is perfect if you enjoy all things science, have a passion for problem solving and investigation and a good eye for detail.

You’ll learn the principles of science and study all three sciences, including chemistry and our earth; energy and our universe; and biology and our environment. You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills in maths and English.

You can expect hands-on practical learning combined with gaining a good grasp of theory. You will study in our specialist laboratories and be taught by highly skilled and experienced tutors. You’ll get a great insight into the career paths available across a range of scientific careers.

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Location Date
111 Canal Street

Start: Monday 2nd September 2024

Course code: C043216 / Q043217

  • Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Application of Science
  • Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Principles of Applied Science

1 year

Level Level 2
Entry requirements

You’ll need 4 GCSEs at grades 9-3, including English Language and Maths – one of English Language or Maths must be grade 9-4. Functional Skills Level 1 can be used as equivalent to GCSE grade 3 and Functional Skills Level 2 can be used as equivalent to GCSE grade 4 or above.

This course is for students aged 16-18.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is mainly by portfolio building and based on the continual assessment of assignments throughout the year and two externally assessed exams


Choose to follow with further study at Nottingham College with our Level 3 Applied Science programme or with one of our other science-related Level 3 options. Career paths in the future include jobs such as: forensics investigator, scene of crime officer, laboratory scientist or other biology-related disciplines.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.

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