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Science A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description


Unit 1: Investigating Science at Work
Involves applications of all sciences to specific industries and services some of which are visited and researched further.

Unit 2: Energy Transfer Systems
Physiology of breathing and circulation and their monitoring and physical applications of energy transfer.

Unit 3: Finding Out About Substances
The use of chemical analysis to identify substances.


Unit 7: Planning and Carrying Out a Scientific Investigation
This is a chemical investigation.

Unit 8: Medical Physics
Involves the physics of X-ray and scanning techniques.

Unit 16: Ecology, Conservation and Recycling
Involves fieldwork and applications of ecological principles to current environmental problems.

Units 2 and 8 will be externally examined whilst a portfolio of evidence will assess the remaining units. This will include work done as part of those units, eg: it may include descriptions of experiments or fieldwork carried out or information obtained from visits to external organisations such as Harrogate Hospital, Chester Zoo, limestone quarry, etc.

Entry requirements

Prospective students should have achieved GCSE grade C or above in English and Mathematics and at least grade C in both GCSE Science and Additional Science.

Future opportunities

GCE Applied Science provides a unique opportunity for students to continue their study of all the sciences to Advanced Level whilst leaving freedom of choice in other areas of the curriculum. The subject also complements and enhances understanding of many other subjects, including Sports Studies, Geography, Geology, Health and Social Care, Business, etc. The specifications are based on what scientists actually do, providing an insight into their jobs as well as offering a challenging and rewarding academic programme. The course requires commitment and the ability to set targets in order to meet coursework deadlines. It provides the academic qualifications needed for entry to higher education in many subject areas in the same way as any other subject and equips students with skills required in further studies or employment. It could lead to a degree in an applied science or a foundation degree or HND in a science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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