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

Applied Science Work-related portfolio

The Work-related Portfolio accounts for 50% of the marks for this specification.

Summary of assessment of Applied Science

Standard procedures

Many industries use standard procedures to ensure that results are of good quality and reliable, often to meet legal requirements for quality control.

Students of all abilities can take pleasure in mastering a skill so that it is repeatable and reliable. Typically standard procedures will be carried out and assessed in a single lesson.

Suitability test

In commerce or industry it is often necessary to decide a suitable material to use for a specified purpose, a suitable procedure leading a desired outcome, or a suitable device to use for a purpose. Understanding the context enables a practitioner to clarify the criteria that define ‘suitability’. They can then devise an investigation that will reveal how well the criteria are met.

Conducting a suitability test requires students to bring together science knowledge and understanding, practical competency and an understanding of the work-related context. They can demonstrate the ability to test the suitability of a material, procedure or a device for a particular purpose in any of the three Applied modules chosen.

These tests will require a more extended time allocation than the Standard Procedures.

Work-related report

This task provides an opportunity for students to research authentic contexts in which science is applied. At the core of their report is a description of the nature of the work carried out. They focus on specific aspects of workplace practice, and make links to relevant scientific knowledge from any of the six Applied modules.

Writing this report requires several skills associated with scientific communication:

  • collecting information and acknowledging sources;
  • structuring a report appropriately;
  • making effective use of visual material to convey information and ideas.

The specification is available on the OCR website. You will also find details of OCR training there.