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Applied Science at Longsands Academy

Course description

Studying this qualification will provide students with a broad understanding of vocationally-related science. It will enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of scientific principles, as well as those scientific practical skills recognised by higher education institutions and employers to be most important. The qualification also offers students an opportunity to develop transferable skills such as problem solving, research and communication as part of their applied learning.

Course content

Unit 1: Key concepts in Science

Students study key concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and apply these to vocational contexts. Assessment for this unit is a 1.5 hour exam comprising short-answer questions.

 

Unit 2: Applied Experimental Techniques

Students complete six practical assignments – two for Biology, two for Chemistry and two for Physics. Students produce scientific reports for each assignment which forms the assessment for this unit.

 

Unit 3: Science in the Modern World

Students will use topical scientific issues to learn how to analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific data and to explore the ethical and social issues of scientific advances. Assessment for this unit is a 1.5 hour exam.

 

Unit 4: The Human Body

Students will study key concepts relating to the human body and apply these to vocational contexts. Assessment for this unit is a 1.5 hour exam comprising short-answer questions.

 

Unit 5: Investigating Science

Students will undertake the role of a research scientist and complete a scientific investigation. Students produce a scientific report which forms the assessment for this unit.

 

Unit 6: Optional unit: Microbiology, Medical Physics for Organic Chemistry.

Students produce a portfolio of work which forms the assessment for this unit.

Entry requirements

Triple: A minimum of two ‘5’ grades in any of the GCSE Sciences.

Double: A minimum of two ‘5’ grades in both GCSEs.

A minimum of a grade ‘5’ in GCSE Maths.

A minimum of a grade '5' in GCSE Engish.

 

APS: 4.75

Future opportunities

This qualification is supported by a range of universities, and taken alongside other qualifications it can fulfil the entry requirements for a number of science-related higher education courses, including biomedical, forensic and sports science, as well as nursing. In addition, the qualification is eligible for UCAS points.

Further information

For further information please contact either Mr Lesurf, Director of Science, at St. Neots Sixth Form Centre via sixthform@snlp.org.uk

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longsands Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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