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Applied Science Level 2 at Warrington & Vale Royal College

Course description

This level 2 qualification is designed for post-16 students who are working at this level and who want to progress onto further study in applied science or related areas at level 3. This might be either in FE or within an apprenticeship. It is 360 guided learning hours, equivalent in size to three GCSEs.

Course content

All of the content of this qualification, including both mandatory and optional units, provides the underpinning requirements for progression onto further study in applied science. This qualification enables students to acquire a valuable range of practical scientific skills, including carrying out practical laboratory tasks, planning investigations, collecting, analysing and presenting data, and reviewing and refining the methodology of practical and laboratory based work. They will develop and apply their knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics in a range of vocational contexts, leading to an understanding of how scientific knowledge is applied in practice.

All students will cover three mandatory areas of content which provide underpinning knowledge of scientific principles and concepts and the scientific and practical skills needed to support students’ progress. These are;

Unit 1: ‘Chemistry and Our Earth’
Unit 2: ‘Energy and Our Universe’
Unit 3: ‘Biology and Our Environment’

Entry requirements

Completion of a Level 1 vocational qualification (may require a specific Level 1 qualification in some curriculum areas) with English & maths GCSE Grade D or equivalent.  Students will be expected to continue to study towards a GCSE Grade 4 English & maths if not already achieved.


All units are internally assessed. Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction.

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Future opportunities

Achievement of this qualification would mean that students are prepared to progress directly to further study of the subject at level 3 such as a BTEC National in Applied Science, or a range of Access to HE courses (nursing, midwifery pharmacy, health, medical science), or onto further learning through an apprenticeship in the science industry.

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Will I complete work placements?

The college is committed to ensuring that all students benefit from the opportunity to undertake work placement during their time here and we will support you to obtain a placement in a relevant vocational setting. There are no formal forensic work placements however students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular voluntary placements which tutors are happy to support.

Are trips and residentials organised during the course?

Trips and visits are an integral part of this course. Examples of previous trips include; The Human Body Revealed at Liverpool One, Laboratory Tour to LGC Forensics, Liverpool and Warrington Crown Courts where we entered a national Bar Mock Trial Competition where students played the roles of barristers, witnesses and defendants. There are also trips to the Warrington Hospital Pathology department for a full tour of the facilities and over to the Sheffield’s Medico-Legal Centre to their digital post-mortem body scanning unit. Students also participate in role play exercises with the police such as hostage situations. We are in the process of planning possible residential/overseas trips.

Are there any links with industry?

We have links with the Warrington Pathology Department, Cheshire Police Road Traffic and Cheshire Fire Department, a local working forensic/genetic laboratory and Warrington and Manchester Courts of Law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warrington & Vale Royal College directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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      By Bus: Warrington & Vale Royal College is easily accessible by bus from the town centre and nearby Cheshire districts. Bus numbers* 19, 20, 21, 22 from the Warrington Bus Station to Winwick Road Campus.

      *Please note bus numbers are subject to change.