A suite of GCSE science courses developed in partnership with the University of York

Additional Applied Science

Science as practised

Additional Applied Science is for practitioners of science. Young people learn the importance of standard operating procedures and how to apply them in problem-solving. There is a strong focus on work-related learning.

This course extends the scientific explanations and procedural understanding in GCSE Science. It provides a ladder of progression to high achievement and offers the full range of grades. Some students will find this course more accessible than the GCSE Additional Science course, because there are 'starting rungs' which are easier to step onto, and which are rewarding to climb because of their authenticity. It enables students to progress to post-16 in areas of applied science and related subjects.

Students study three of the following six modules, each occupying about 45 hours teaching time. Each module examines how an important part of science is applied in contemporary life. 

This is a list of the modules in the 2006 course. Some of the 2011 modules are similar. See the OCR 2011 specification.

Each module requires knowledge and understanding:

  • of standard procedures that are adopted to ensure successful practice;
  • of the benefits (for participants or consumers) of the outcomes of the activities;
  • of how the outcomes or effects of the activities can be made as safe (to practitioners and members of the general public), economic and as environmentally friendly as possible;
  • of the scientific concepts which inform safe and successful practice, including concepts of valid measurement and problem-solving procedures.

All six Applied Science modules have in common the five features which we think characterise applied science. The nature of the assessment for GCSE Applied Science follows from these features.

1. A cluster of related contexts in which people apply science in their work – but with freedom to adapt to local circumstances

2. Authentic procedures and techniques (adapted as necessary for school laboratories) – ‘where the results matter’

3. Underpinning knowledge, including some big ideas of potential value for progression

4. The framework within which people apply science

  • organisations
  • employers
  • regulators including health and safety
  • social context including values

5. Applying knowledge and techniques to solve a practical problem

Other awarding bodies:
The Twenty First Century Science Additional Applied Science course can also be studied as part of the OCR Gateway Science suite, or following the Edexcel or AQA GCSE Science courses. See this FAQ.