This course will provide good preparation if you are planning to enter employment directly in the applied science sector. The first of three mandatory units you will study is Principles and Applications of Science 1; the second is on Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques; and the third is the synoptic unit of Science Investigation Skills.
The optional unit covers the Physiology of Human Body Systems. The evidence required for the internallyassessed units will support the development of a broad range of transferable skills. For instance, you will be given opportunities to write up the findings of your own research, use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations, carry out projects for which you have choice over the direction and outcomes and demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate equipment, procedures and techniques.
This course comprises four units, three of which are mandatory and two of which are assessed externally.
Unit 1 (M) Principles and applications of science 1
Unit 2 (M) Practical scientific procedures and techniques
Unit 3 (M) Science investigation skills
Unit 8 Physiology of human body systems
Written Examination (1h 30) – externally assessed (25%)
Assignment – set and assessed internally (25%)
Assignment – set and assessed externally (33%)
Assignment – set and assessed internally (17%)
GCSE at Grade 5+ in Core and Additional Science as well at 4+ in GCSE English and GCSE Maths.
In addition to the science content outlined above, this course develops transferable and higher order skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example, when studying Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills, you will develop skills including how to plan investigations, collecting, analysing, and presenting data and communicating results which support some of the skills you need to progress to higher education, employment, selfemployment or training.