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Applied Science (Level 3 Certificate and Extended Certificate) at Allerton High School

Course description

The 1 year Certificate and 2 year Extended Certificate in Applied Science enables candidates to look at particular scientific principles and the way in which they are applied by particular fields such as health care, the chemical industry, sport science or pathology. The qualification covers a mixture of teaching and learning experiences from theoretical through to those with a clear practical emphasis.

The course is ideal for students for whom the traditional academic sciences pose too great a challenge, but wish to pursue their interest in science to the next level. Half of the course is assessed through coursework, so a good work ethic combined with a genuine desire to learn more about the application of science and build on skills gained at GCSE is essential.

The Certificate is equivalent to both duration and level of challenge to AS Level, the Extended Certificate to a full A Level. 

Course content

Year 1 - Unit 1 - Key Concepts in Science

The aim of this unit is that learners develop an understanding of key concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, building on their knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum KS4 Science subject content gained in previous studies.  As a result of studying this unit, learners will be able to apply these key concepts to vocational situations and contexts.  This unit is assessed through a 90 minute written exam (33.3% of Certificate, 16.7% of Extended Certificate)

Year 1 - Unit 2 - Applied Experimental Techniques

This unit is designed to introduce learners to new experimental techniques, to reinforce methods met previously and to enable learners to apply these methods to new situations.  Contexts for experimental work could be set, for example, in research for new pharmaceutical products, the quality control of existing products and the investigation of new materials, ecological investigations, consideration of the most suitable material to use for a specific application, or in a forensic or pathology laboratory.  This unit is assessed by a written portfolio (33% of Certificate, 16.7% of Extended Certificate)

Year 1 - Unit 3 - Science in the Modern World

The aim of this Unit is to enable learners to analyse and evaluate scientific information, to develop critical thinking skills and to understand the use of the media to communicate scientific ideas and theories.  Learners will develop an understanding of how science is used in organisations and of the roles and responsibilities of their scientificallyqualified staff.  This unit is assessed through a 90 minute written exam with pre-release material (33% of Certificate, 16.7% of Extended Certificate).

Year 2 - Unit 4 - The Human Body

The aim of this unit is that learners develop an understanding of key concepts relating to the human body, building on previous knowledge from Key Stage 4.  Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the digestive system, the components of a balanced diet and the effects of imbalances of diet on health.  They will also learn about the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system and muscular contraction for movement.  Students will understand how oxygen is transported in the blood and how physiological measurements can be applied.  They will learn about the structure and function of the nervous system and brain, including nerve impulses.  Students will develop the ability to apply each of these concepts to new situations in vocational contexts, such as the work of sports scientists, nurses, dieticians etc.  This unit is assessed through a 90 minute written exam (33% of Certificate, 16.7% of Extended Certificate).

Year 2 - Unit 5 - Investigating Science

The aim of this unit is to provide students with an opportunity to undertake the role of a research scientist, following standard procedures to complete a scientific investigation.  The context of the investigation will enable learners to use their knowledge and skills in carrying out a scientific investigation.  This unit is assessed by a portfolio of evidence worth 16.7% of the Extended Certificate.

Year 2 - Unit 6c - Organic Chemistry

This unit is designed to introduce learners to the importance of preparative organic chemistry in a wide range of contexts, from pharmaceuticals, dyes, flavours and fragrances, to solvents and bio-diesel. The importance of yield, rate, purity of the compound made and characterisation using spectroscopic techniques will also be established.  This unit is assessed by a Portfolio of evidence worth 16.7% of the extended certificate.

 

 

Entry requirements

You should have achieved a minimum of 5 9-5 grades or equivalent at GCSE including English and Maths. You must have achieved 5/5 for Combined Science. Students who have completed Separate Sciences  are also welcome to apply

 

Assessment

The Certificate requires the completion of 3 units of work; 1, 2, 3.  The Extended Certificate requires the completion of all 6 units.

Each Unit is grades Pass, Merit or Distinction, with overall grading for the course ranging from Pass to Distinction*.

Exams last 60 minutes and consist of a mixture of multiple-choice, short answer and extended answer questions.  Some exams can be retaken once.

Coursework in the form of portfolios contributes 33.3% of the Certificate and 50% of the Extended Certificate.

Units 1,3 and 4 Module exams are sat in January or June and marked externally.

 

Future opportunities

The 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.

This qualification has been developed in collaboration with higher education and other stakeholders in the science education sector.  Therefore, the knowledge and skills gained will provide the best possible opportunity for progress to higher education or employment.  The qualification is supported by the following higher education institutions:-

Aberystwyth University

Birmingham City University

University of Bolton

Edge Hill University

Staffordshire University

University of South Wales

Southampton University

University of Sunderland

Teesside University

University of Wolverhampton

York St John University

The qualification allows progression to:

  • Higher Education courses such as biochemical science, chemistry, food technology, human physiology, materials science and nursing.
  • Employment in science sectors including the chemical industry, healthcare, leisure, medical and laboratory based science and food and catering industries.

Further information

For further information please contact Mrs Matthews at Allerton High School on Leeds 2034770.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Number of planned places: 25

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr B Harding
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 2034770

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