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Applied Science A Level at The Purbeck School

Course description

The AQA Extended Certificate in Applied Science will allow you to study how science is applied in many different types of professions and industries. The focus of the course is scientific usage, concentrating on how scientists use science in their work. During the course you will be given the opportunity to develop your practical skills through an extensive unit on experimental techniques. You will also learn how science contributes to our lifestyle and the environment in which we live.

Course content

During this course you will be able to:

  • practice experimental scientific techniques and explore how they’re applied in industry;
  • follow a balanced science programme covering biology, chemistry and physics;
  • plan and carry out a scientific investigation;
  • explore ways in which topical scientific issues (such as cloning and fracking) are presented in the media;
  • gain ideas about employment opportunities in science and prepare for courses in higher and further education.

Key concepts in science

This unit helps you develop an understanding of the key concepts in biology, chemistry and physics. You will develop your understanding of science through practical work.

Applied experimental techniques

This is the coursework unit for year 12. You will research and carry out six scientific practical activities.

Science in the modern world

In this unit you will develop critical thinking skills to help you analyse and evaluate scientific information.

The human body

In this unit you will study the structure and function of various aspects of the human body, as well as developing your knowledge on occupations that require knowledge of the human body.

Investigating science

In this unit you will draw on the knowledge and skills learnt in year 12, to conduct a scientific investigation on Young’s Modulus

Medical physics

This unit uses a variety of physics principles and applies them in a medical setting. You will look at the work undertaken in medical physics departments and the scientific techniques used.

Entry requirements

Academic qualifications:

  • Grade C or above in Science at GCSE
  • Grade C or above in English & Maths at GCSE

Desirable qualities:

  • The ability to work independently on written projects.
  • A good level of written English.
  • The work ethic needed to improve coursework (the ability and commitment to work independently)as well as good research skills.

Future opportunities

There is an extremely wide variety of employment opportunities for those interested in science. Past students have gone on to study nursing, paramedic science, radiography, environmental science and forensic science at university. Other students have entered the world of work, joined the armed forces or secured higher level apprenticeships

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Purbeck School directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2017
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