George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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Applied Science

BTEC National Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A Level)

This course is designed for students who enjoy the study of science but struggle to communicate their knowledge and understanding in examinations. Students on this course will study all three specialisms of science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) in a variety of different contexts whilst also developing their communication of scientific information and their practical skills.

Exam board/specification

Pearson Edexcel

Entry requirements

  • Grade 5 or above in GCSE Science (Core and Additional)

Progression routes from this course

Students on this course are able to progress into careers within the science industry and become Lab Technicians, Radiographers, Nurses and Environmental Scientists. Students also have the option to go on to university to study a science based course.

Year 1 Units

  • Unit 1: Principles and applications of science
  • Unit 2: Practical scientific procedures and techniques

Year 1 Assessment

  • Unit 1 is assessed through a 90-minute examination
  • Unit 2 is assessed through coursework
  • Each Unit is worth 50% of the AS year or 25% of the whole A-level (AS+A2)


Year 2 Units

  • Unit 3: Science investigation skills
  • One optional unit from a range of different topics across all three sciences

Year 2 Assessment

  • Unit 3 is assessed through an external assessment (ISA)
  • Optional unit is assessed through coursework
  • Unit 3 is worth 66.6% of the A2 year or 33.3% of the whole A-level (AS+A2)
  • Optional unit is worth 33.3% of the A2 year or 16.7% of the whole A-level (AS+A2)


Exam results 2016 2017 2018
AS Applied Science 100% A*-C;
100% A-E
n/a n/a
A2 Applied Science 100% A*-C;
100% A-E
- 92% A*-C;
92% A-E
Table of Science Key Stage 5 exams results 2016-2018



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