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Science (Applied) A-Level at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Course description

This course aims to extend your knowledge and understanding of science and technology and develop an appreciation of their use in the workplace. It would be of interest to anyone keen to study how science is used in everyday life or who might be considering a career in laboratory work.

The course includes elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics The AS Level consists of two units which are internally assessed via students’ portfolios. These involve students researching into the way science and analytical methods are used in various industrial and commercial situations and provide an opportunity for students to develop their own practical skills in the laboratory. The third unit, entitled ‘Monitoring the activity of the human body’, is assessed via an external examination. This is an excellent support for students studying A Level PE. The three A2 units consist of a large-scale investigation, another internally assessed assignment and an examination.

Applied Science is excellent for providing breadth to students studying Humanities subjects of any kind. It can also be studied alongside other science A Levels, as its emphasis on research and the completion of individual assignments provides useful skills not acquired in a more traditional science course. The A Level is acceptable for entry to degree courses in Combined or Integrated Science, Science Education and applied science courses such as Crime Scene Science. On its own it does not contain sufficient detail to pursue a specialist degree course in subjects such as Chemistry or Biomedical Science, but there are Foundation Science courses from which students with Applied Science A Level could progress to more specialised science degrees.

Course content

AS Level

  • Unit G620: Science at Work – Assessed via a portfolio
  • Unit G621: Analysis at Work – Assessed via a portfolio
  • Unit G622: Monitoring the activity of the human body – Assessed via an external examination

A2 Level

  • Unit G627: Investigating the scientist’s work – Assessed via a portfolio
  • Unit G628: Sampling, testing & processing – Assessed by external exam
  • Unit G631: Electrons in action – Assessed by portfolio

How it is taught

A major activity is the completion of assignments, with two-thirds of the final grade being based on this internally assessed work. Students learn research skills and spend a considerable amount of time preparing their portfolios, which involves the use of computers. There are external visits and visiting speakers to familiarise students with the way that science is used in the workplace. There are opportunities to develop practical laboratory skills and carry out investigations. Preparation for the examined unit in each year involves more formal teaching, with note-making, problem-solving and data analysis exercises.

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement to QE is 5 GCSE grades at C or above including Maths or English. A good number of students study four AS Levels in their first year and to do this we require at least 3B grades and 3C grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who do not achieve these GCSE grades take fewer subjects at A Level and will be required to do resits in GCSE Maths and English if they have not already achieved a grade C in these core subjects. The College is large enough to have a very flexible timetable that allows students to take almost any combination of subjects at A Level. The advantage of this system is that we can tailor your programme to suit your needs and abilities. We give lots of advice if you decide to apply to the College.

Subject Specific

Students should meet the general college entry requirements for A Level study. Please refer to the current Prospectus – advanced programmes, entry requirements. In addition, students should have a C grade in at least one GCSE Science subject. Study of GCSE Applied Science is an advantage but not essential.

Assessment

AS

Unit G622 – 1 hour 30 min – June 33.3%

A2

Unit G628 – 1 hour 30 min – June 33.3%

Future opportunities

This is an excellent course for students considering any laboratory-based career. Technicians work in a wide range of industries – the National Health Service, forensics, food technology, education and manufacturing to name but a few. With this qualification, students could progress to degrees courses in Science Education, Combined/Integrated Science or applied science courses such as Crime Scene Science. However, without other science A Levels, this qualification is not sufficient for progression onto specialist courses in chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, medicine or dentistry. But there are Foundation Science courses from which students with Applied Science A Level could progress to the more specialised science degrees.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 17 April 2015
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