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St Colman's High & Sixth Form College, Ballynahinch

Life and Health Science

Examination Board: CCEA 

Specification: AS & A LEVEL Life and Health Science

Why study Life and Health Sciences? This new applied qualification responds to the needs of the growing life and health sciences sector in Northern Ireland. Life and health science related industries make up over 25% of Northern Ireland’s total economic output. They include a diverse range of businesses and employment opportunities, from pharmaceutical and chemical to the National Health Service.

What will I learn about?

Units offered include fundamentals of science, working in the science industry, scientific practical techniques, perceptions of science, and chemical laboratory techniques. Students will benefit from being immersed in an exciting range of specialised scientific units, such as Medicine, Drugs and Clinical Trials and Enabling Technology, which reflect and complement the opportunities this sector provides.

How is it taught?

The course consists of six taught units, four of which are tested one in A/S year and one in A2 year. Choice of units is subject to change.


How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through a combination of examination and portfolio of evidence prepared by candidates across a range of assignments including practical writeup, presentations and research.

Pathways to future careers/courses Life and Health Science is a good choice for students considering higher education in any Science-based course, including: Biochemical Sciences, Chemistry, Food Technology, Human Physiology, Nursing, Sports Science, Materials Science, and Medical Physics. Career opportunities for students who study A-level Applied Science include: the chemical industries, healthcare, medical and laboratory-based Science, sports and leisure sectors and food and catering industries.

Entry requirements

GCSE Double Award Science Grade BB

GCSE Single Award Science Grade A