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Churchill Academy & Sixth Form

Applied Science*

Our Cambridge Technical in Applied Science enables students to gain practical laboratory skills and theoretical scientific understanding in a workplace setting. Students further develop their knowledge and skills by exploring one of three vocational pathways: environmental, human or food science.

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Subject specific entry requirement: 2x Grade 5 in GCSE Science and Grade 4 in GCSE Maths and English
Qualification: Cambridge Technical - CTEC
Topics and areas covered:


Science fundamentals: Chemical structures of elements and compounds, reactions in chemical and biological systems, cell organisation and structures, principles of carbon chemistry, importance of inorganic chemistry in living systems, and structures, properties and uses of materials.


Laboratory techniques: Importance of health and safety and quality systems to industry, separate, identify and quantify the amount of substances present in a mixture, determine the concentration of an acid or base using titration, examine and record features of biological samples, identify cations and anions in samples and use the aseptic technique.


Control of hazards in the laboratory: The types of hazard that may be encountered in a laboratory, health and safety procedures, designing a safe functioning laboratory to manage the risk presented by hazards.


Microbiology: Classify and identify micro-organisms, use of micro-organisms in agriculture, use microbiology in food production, the action of antimicrobials on microorganisms


Product testing techniques: The influence of regulatory bodies on development of consumer products, how product testing determines the development of consumer products, use quantitative titration techniques on consumer products, use extraction and separation techniques on consumer products

Future career path: There are multiple career pathways such as  laboratory technician, food development technician, conservation wardens and other. Further study can lead to more senior roles such as water quality expert, environmental manager, and microbiologist. Examples of employers include: conservation organisations; the Environment Agency; DEFRA; food producers; pharmaceutical companies, and the NHS. 
Examination information:  
Additional information:  Cannot be studied as an AS Level (4th choice).