We can't wait to welcome you to Andover College in September! 

We have created this interactive page to give you a sense of what studying Applied Science at Andover College is like. Scroll down to learn more about the course on offer and learn about the heart and accompanying activity focusing on dissection and analysis! 

We will be regularly posting content onto this page to keep your interests going prior to the start of college in September - make sure to send us any work you complete to andoverapplicantwelcome@sparsholt.ac.uk with 'Applied Science' as the subject heading! 

Check out all the extra help and support we can provide through our experienced Careers and Health & Wellbeing teams. 

New Activity!

Take a look at this video providing an Introduction to Biological Molecules: Monomers & Polymers.

About the Course!

This course provides an alternative to the traditional A-Level science route and will enable you to develop an understanding of various scientific concepts and experimental methods from a vocational content. This course will help you to see how science can be applied to the 'real world' and develop practical skills valued in the industry.

Examples of what you can study include; 

  • Scientific Investigation Skills
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Optional Modules - Astronomy and Space Science, Electrical Circuits and their Application, and, Physiology of Human body Systems

We place added value on the practical elements of this course and you will regularly complete interactive laboratory sessions in our fantastic on-site facilities! 

Home heart dissection

Take a look at the accompanying workbook for a step-by-step guide to completing a heart dissection at home. Make sure you are safe with all equipment used and wash your hands and surfaces thoroughly after. 


Heart Dissection Workbook

Additional Resources 

Interested in learning more about the various topics you will study as an Applied Science student at Andover? Take a look at the resources below and make sure you let us know how you get on! 

To watch: 

  • Setting up and Performing a Titration - here. 
  • Standing Waves Introduction - here. 
  • Immune System: Innate and Adaptive Immunity Explained - here. 

Take a look at these informative documents on core scientific concepts; 

  • Introduction to molar mass - here. 
  • Introduction to Cell Theory - here. 
  • Stationary Waves - here. 

Additional Activities

Looking for more? Why not have a go at these additional activities. 

In preparation for your course using the article above plus additional research produce a quiz for your class on the immune system. You can user Kahoot, power point or any other resource of your choosing. 

In preparation for your course using the article above plus additional research produce a quiz for your class on molar masses. You can user Kahoot, power point or any other resource of your choosing.

In preparation for your course using the article above plus additional research produce a quiz for your class on standing waves. You can user Kahoot, power point or any other resource of your choosing.


There are a variety of online free courses available on the Open University web page that you could get involved with prior to the start of college in September. Take a look at the whole catalogue here. 

You might also wish to look into the EtonX programmes available, please note these are paid for courses that your current school may already have access to. They are not essential, please only engage with them if you have the means to.

Not already applied?

Got this link but not yet applied? – Click below so you can join us in September!


Our Courses: 

BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (2 Years) 

Oxford Press Resources 

Oxford University Press have produced a variety of activities to enable your learning over the long summer break. Make sure you let us know how you get on! 

Science resources available here. 

Careers Guidance 

Our careers guidance aims to expand the horizons of all students enabling you to make informed career decisions in order to progress both during and after college. 

Carol is our dedicated Careers Advisor for Andover College! 

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We also have our Sun Progression Mentor Anna! 

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Anna works alongside the Southern Universities Network (SUN) to help students recognise the routes of progression available to them, and to continue their journey in education! 

We recently launched the new Careers Hub located in the College library so come and say hello to Carol and Anna! 

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Student wellbeing and support 

At Andover College we understand that starting college in these uncertain times can be daunting and we aim to make this process as simple as possible. 

We have a dedicated team that provide our students with any additional support they need including; 

  • Counselling 
  • Carer support 
  • Childcare support 
  • Confidential one-to-one services 

We have also recently introduced two new members to the wellbeing team ... Arlo and Romeo the Therapy Dogs!

Arlo and Romeo are part of the continued effort from Andover College to consistently improve on and add to provisions for students. They are based on campus with their owners throughout term.

Research has shown that students are significantly less stressed and anxious, and even have increased happiness and energy, immediately following spending time in a drop-in session with a dog present. What good boys!

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Social Media 

We love to post about all our students on our platforms including their achievements, trips and excellent work - take a look at some of the highlights below and make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube! 

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