Closing Date for applications is Friday 12th February 2021.
Any applications received after this date will be treated as a late application.
What is the course about?
The course provides a broad understanding of applied science to support progress to Higher Education. Learners will cover topics such as scientific principles associated with the application of biology, chemistry and physics as well as experimental and practical techniques associated with applied science and the roles and skills of scientists and the public and media perception of science. The qualification also offers learners an opportunity to develop transferable skills such as problem solving, research and communication as part of their applied learning.
For whom is the course suitable?
For those wishing to progress to higher education or employment in an applied science area or a related apprenticeship. It is also suitable for studying instead of academic science qualifications alongside other Level 3 qualifications.
Teaching Methods and Homework commitment:
A range of teaching methods are used, including formal delivery with note-taking and conducting your own experiments. There is also a large requirement for independent study. Individual research and practical write-ups will need to be completed during class time as well as extensively for homework.
What could I go on to do at the end of the course?
This qualification can also prepare learners to take up employment in the applied science sector, either directly after achieving the qualification or via Higher Education. This qualification is supported by a range of universities and, taken alongside other science-based qualifications, it can fulfill the entry requirements for a number of science-related Higher Education courses, including biomedical science, forensics and sports science, as well as nursing.
Method of Study and Assessment:
Students would study the Certificate in Year 12 then complete the Extended Certificate in Year 13. There are combinations of compulsory and optional units and there is limited opportunity to retake units. The grading for this qualification is either Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*
Certificate—units 1, 2, 3
Unit 1 Key concepts in Science (Written exam)
Unit 2 Applied experimental techniques (Portfolio)
Unit 3 Science in the Modern World (Written exam) pre-release material)
Extended Certificate—units 1—6
Unit 4 The Human Body (Written exam)
Unit 5 Investigating Science (Portfolio)
Unit 6 Option—choose one from below (Portfolio)
Unit 6a Microbiology (Portfolio), Unit 6b Medical Physics (Portfolio), Unit 6c Organic Chemistry (Portfolio)