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Science in Society A Level at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Course description

What is Science in Society?
This course is about how Science works. Science in Society will broaden the curriculum for those whose interests lie mainly in the arts or humanities and give those studying Science the opportunity to reflect on their specialist studies in a wider context.

Why study Science in Society?
The course develops an important range of skills including communication, critical thinking, data analysis and evaluation, to develop an argument using effective evidence and research skills.

Course content

AS Modules

Unit 1 - SCIS1 AS Exploring Issues
- The Germ Theory of Disease.
- Infectious Diseases Now.
- Transport Issues.
- Medicines and Ethical Issues in Medicine.
- Reproductive Choices.
- Radiation: Risks and Uses.
- Lifestyle and Health.
- Evolution.
- The Universe.
- Who We Are and Where We Are: Are We Alone?

Unit 2 – SCIS2 Reading and Research
- A critical account of scientific reading from articles or popular science literature.
- A study of a topical scientific issues by reading scientific literature, presenting relevant information and drawing informed conclusions.

A2 Modules

Unit 3 - A2 Exploring Issues
- Cells, Chemicals and the Mind.
- Nature and Nurture.
- Watching the Brain Working.
- Responding to Global Climate Change.
- Energy Futures.
- Sustaining the Variety of Life on Earth.

Unit 4 - Case Study
- This material consists of written extracts from a number of scientific and technical sources.
- Section A consists of shorter answer questions on the case study.
- Section B consists of two extended answer questions. One question requires explanation of Science and one question requires an argument of a personal view.

Entry requirements

Science GCSEs, English and Mathematics.


AS Modules
Unit 1 - Exploring Issues 
Assessment - Examination. Percentage of overall A Level qualification = 30%
Unit 2 - Reading and Research
Assessment - Coursework. Percentage of overall A Level qualification = 20%
A2 Modules
Unit 3 - Exploring Issues
Assessment - Examination. Percentage of overall A Level qualification = 30% 
Unit 4 - Case Study
Assessment - Examination. Percentage of overall A Level qualification = 20%

Future opportunities

Science in Society allows entry into Science Communication, Science and the Media and Philosophy of Science at university. Careers will involve Science communication for public, private and charitable organisations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2015
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