The fundamental philosophy of this specification is that, in order to understand the nature of science, students must actively experience the science environment. This can be achieved through links with local employers, case studies and research. 

It is an ideal qualification for those students  who want a broad background in science, which will allow them to progress to further or higher education, training or employment.

Life and Health Sciences Staff

St Columb’s College

  • Ailish O’Kane
  • Dwyer Smyth

Thornhill College

  • Dr Damian McLaughlin
  • Claire Barr
  • Michael McCloskey
  • Kevin Abbott
  • Peter O'Donnell
  • Greg White


Course structure 

Six AS units in year 13

Four portfolio (worth ~67%) and 2 examinations*

Repeated in year 14.


AS units

investigating Science at work

Energy Transfer Systems

Finding out about substances

Food Science and Technology

Choosing and Using Materials*

Synthesising Organic Compounds


A2 Units

Planning and Carrying out an Investigation

The Actions and Development of Medicines

Controlling Chemical Processes*

The Healthy Body*

The Role of the Pathology service

Ecology, Conservation and Recycling.