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Applied Science A Level at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form

Course description

This qualification will provide you with a broad understanding of vocationally-related sciences to support progress to higher education. It is suitable for studying alongside substantial academic science qualifications, such as A-level sciences or other Level 3 vocational qualifications. This qualification can also prepare you to take up employment in the applied science sector, either directly after achieving the qualification or via higher


Unit 1 - Key Concepts in Science - 16.7% Written exam
Content: Scientific principles associated with Biology, Chemistry and Physics. You will study some aspects of the A level Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses.
Unit 2 - Applied Experimental Techniques - 16.7% - Portfolio
Conent: Experimental and practical techniques associated with applied science. You will perform a range of guided scientific experiments and write them up as scientific reports.
Unit 3 - Science in the Modern World - 16.7% - Written exam with pre-release material
Content: The roles and skills of scientists, and the public and media perception of science. You will analyse and evaluate how science is reported in the media
Unit 4 - The Human Body - 16.7% - Written Exam
Content: The biology studied will link to new situations in vocational contexts, such as the work of sports scientists, nurses, dieticians, etc.
Unit 5 - Investigating Science - 16.7% - Portfolio
Content: Similar to the work studied in Unit 2 but this time you will choose one scientific investigation and write about it in detail.
Unit 6a - Microbiology OR Unit 6b - Medical Physics OR Unit 6c - Organic Chemistry - 16.7% - Portfolio
Content: One of these options will be chosen by the Science Faculty, having considered the students in the group and the resources available.

Future opportunities

This 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 .

Further information

Studying this qualification will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of scientific principles, as well as those scientific practical skills recognised by higher education institutions and employers to be most important. The qualification also offers an opportunity to develop transferable skills such as problem solving, research and communication as part of your applied learning.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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    • If you are looking to join an excellent Sixth Form where you will achieve good results and have a great time too, Ferndown Upper School is the place for you!

      At Ferndown Upper School we believe that all Sixth Formers are entitled to a full range of activities that include the opportunity to:

      • Participate in main school life and run their own Student Union which organises social events, parties, charity fundraising and improvements to the college block.
      • Enjoy music and sports.
      • Receive clear guidance on future work options and applications to university.

      Every student’s future is important to us, therefore we organise dedicated sessions to provide detailed information on all option choices after Sixth Form. Our Head of Year 13 is also the UCAS co-ordinator at FUS and arranges workshops for students to guide them through the application process to gain entry to university, apprenticeships or employment.

      Furthermore, to ensure that we are offering the best educational and pastoral support, each student is linked to a tutor who will guide them through Sixth Form and will monitor their progress through regular academic mentoring sessions. The tutor is the first contact for students and parents for information and guidance. Tutors can arrange career appointments in school, set in motion information requests to subjects to check academic progress and can organise meetings between students, subject staff and parents.

      The Sixth Form is very much a social community and relations between students and teachers are relaxed and friendly. No two experiences of the Sixth Form are the same, but everyone has much to gain and much to contribute.

      We welcome committed students with ambition. Our most gifted and talented students often progress to the country’s top universities and training establishments, and to promote this students are encouraged to take part in mock interviews with local dignitaries. Our emphasis on taking control and becoming independent learners and thinkers promotes personal growth in all our students. The student community that results is distinctly colourful and energetic.