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Applied Science AS at Charles Darwin School

Course description

The AS and Advanced GCE in applied science has been designed to form qualifications which provide knowledge and understanding of this vocational area. They are ideal qualifications for those students who want a broad background in science which will allow them to progress to further or higher education, training or employment. A level applied science is a vocational science pathway designed to advance the learning in science for two groups of learners. Firstly, those that have a genuine interest ins science and wish to carry onto level 3 qualification but also want to choose a range of other subjects (perhaps not to the academic level of single biology, chemistry or physics). It is importantly a vocational pathway into science at higher education/university level. The course consists of six units. Three at AS level and three at A2. In year 1 learners will produce two portfolios of material that make up 66.6% of the qualification and 33.3% examination. Unit 1 focuses on science in the workplace, Unit 3 is environmental chemistry and is all practical portfolio based. Unit 2 (examination) focuses on biology and a small strand of physics.

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade C at Core Science GCSE and a Grade C at either Applied Science GCSE or Additional Science GCSE

Future opportunities

Applied A Level can lead on to university courses in applied science; for example it is an excellent foundation to forensic science or a vocational career pathway into the police or environmental sciences. It is not a recommended pathway for medical or academic sciences. Please discuss with your school careers advisor or consult university entrance criteria for further clarification.Self motivation is important on this course due to the large coursework component. There are regular monitoring sessions to target areas of underachievement and there is support to target individual needs.

Further information

www.aqa.org.uk

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Charles Darwin School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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