Science as practised
In any scenario, an applied module offers the perspective of the practitioner, whereas a GCSE Science module presents a view of the world from the perspective of a member of the public. In a health centre, for example, an Applied Science module investigates the work of a care worker (nurse, doctor, physiotherapist) while any related Science topics explore the interests of the patient.
There are three important strands to the work of people who apply science:
- The application of knowledge, methods, tests and trials to provide data, deliver a product or solve problems
- The communication of knowledge, expertise, benefits and implications of scientific work both within the science community and outside
- Management including working with others and the deployment of resources within constraints of material resources, time, budgets and the need to avoid harm to people and the environment.
These three strands are reflected in the experience of students taking Additional Applied Science.