This course provides full-time learners with an Applied Science qualification. It covers the Key Stage 4 programme of study for Science and provides learners with the opportunity to gain an appropriate vocational qualification prior to entering employment in the science sector as a science technician or assistant practitioner.
It is intended for those students who were unable to achieve the appropriate science grades at GCSE, enabling them to progress to vocational qualifications such as the Pearson BTEC Level 3 qualifications in Applied Science.
Learners should have achieved at least a grade 3 in English and Science and a grade 4 in Maths. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to resit their GCSE English and / or Maths in order to improve their current grades.
Learners who want to progress to the Level 3 in Applied Science will need to have achieved five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English, Maths and Science.
The course is full time and requires attendance over five working days each week.
Indicative content will focus on the mandatory units of Science Principles, Science Skills, Chemistry and our Earth, Energy and our Universe, Biology and our Environment, Applications of Chemical Substances and Applications of Physical Science.
Optional units may include such titles as Applications of Chemical Substances, Applications of Physical Science, Health Applications of Life Sciences and a Practical Scientific Project.
Two of the mandatory units, Principles of Science and Science Skills, are externally assessed while the remainder of the mandatory units and all optional units are internally assessed. They are all criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes. Every assignment will have a component for application of knowledge and understanding, development of practical and technical skills, personal development for occupational roles, and application of generic skills.
Overall, assignments will expect learners to produce evidence in a variety of different forms, including written reports, graphs and posters, along with projects, performance observation and time-constrained assessments.
Depending on the modules selected, there may be costs for a residential field study which are normally around £200.
We envisage that many of our learners will progress to our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science in order to access university.
The qualification can lead to employment in a variety of fields. These include:
The qualification could also lead to opportunities in journalism working for a scientific magazine or journal, editing and proofreading articles on issues such as the implications and applications of new scientific discoveries and developments.