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Applied Science

LEVEL 3 EXTENDED CERTIFICATE

What interests should I have if I want to follow this course?

  • If you are interested in how science is used in a variety of workplaces, applied science is for you.
  • You will look in detail at the way science is used by organisations and investigate the techniques used in research laboratories and in the chemical and energy industries. You also learn how to collect data and study how plants and the human body works.
  • The course explores both practical and theoretical aspects of how science is used in a variety of work places.  Applied science builds on the work covered in GCSE.

What topics/aspects will I learn about during this course?

Unit 1 – Key concepts in Science.


In this unit you will develop an understanding of key concepts in science and its applications, building on your knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum KS4 Science subject content gained in previous studies. As a result of studying this unit, you will be able to apply these key concepts to vocational situations and contexts. You will study:

Key concepts in the application of Biology

  • Cell Structure
  • Transport mechanisms
  • The heart
  • Homeostasis
  • Breathing and cellular respiration
  • Photosynthesis and food chain productivity

Key concepts in the application of Chemistry

  • Atomic structure
  • The periodic table
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding and structure
  • Enthalpy changes

Key concepts in the application of Physics

  • Useful energy and efficiency
  • Electricity and circuits
  • Dynamics

Assessment:

Written examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.
Any mathematical formulas will be provided in the examination paper on a separate data sheet. Copies of the Periodic Table will be provided to learners in the examination.

Unit 2 – Applied experimental techniques

In this unit you will be introduced to new experimental techniques, to reinforce methods met previously and to enable you to apply these methods to new situations. Experimental work will be set in an applied and vocational context. You will study:

Applied experimental techniques in Biology

  • Rate of respiration
  • Light dependant reaction in Photosynthesis

Applied experimental techniques in Chemistry

  • Volumetric analysis
  • Colorimetric analysis

Applied experimental techniques in Physics

  • Resistivity
  • Specific heat capacity

Assessment:

Internally assessed Portfolio containing:

  • six reports, one for each applied experimental technique 
  • three risk assessments completed by the learner without assistance, one for each of biology, chemistry and physics 
  • three additional risk assessments for other techniques, issued by the tutor and used by the learner 
  • one witness confirmation form completed by the tutor.

Unit 3 – Science in the Modern world.

This unit will enable you to develop your ability to interpret information, to process and present data and to evaluate its usefulness and appropriateness.
 
You will study

  • Topical scientific issues obtained from a variety of media sources
  • The public perception of science and the influence that the media have
  • The ethical, moral, commercial, environmental, political and social issues involved in scientific advances, and how these are represented in the media
  • The roles and responsibilities that science personnel carry out in the science industry

Assessment:

Written examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. 
Some of the questions will be based on an article released several months in advance of the exam by the examining authority. You will be able to study this pre-release material in advance of the exam.

Structured questions and questions requiring more extended answers (33% of AS level).

What minimum qualifications will I need to start this course?

4 and 5 in Combined Science and aps of 4, or 5 and 4 in Triple Science and aps of 4.

What Teaching and Learning methods will be used?

A wide variety of teaching methods will be used from supported self-study to traditional teaching. You will also perform a lot of experiments and make extensive use of ICT to prepare your portfolio work. 30% of this AS course is portfolio assessed.

What can I do when I have my qualification?

This is a broad-based qualification in Applied Science which will help to prepare you for vocational or higher education courses that include work on human biology, health, environment or sport science. It could also prepare you for work in the health or leisure areas, or in sports and provides progression to science related courses in further or higher education.

How can I find out more information?

If you have any further questions please contact Mr Vennart in the Science Department.


What interests should I have if I want to follow this course?

  • If you are interested in how science is used in a variety of workplaces, applied science is for you.
  • You will look in detail at the way science is used by organisations and investigate the techniques used in research laboratories and in the chemical and energy industries. You also learn how to collect data and study how plants and the human body works.
  • The course explores both practical and theoretical aspects of how science is used in a variety of work places.  Applied science builds on the work covered in GCSE.

What topics/aspects will I learn about during this course?

Unit 4 – The Human Body

In this unit you will develop an understanding of human anatomy and physiology, building on your knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum KS4 Science subject content gained in previous studies. You will learn about:

  • The digestive system and diet
  • The musculoskeletal system and movement
  • How oxygen is transported in the blood and how physiological measurements can be applied
  • The structure and function of the nervous system and brain
  • Nerve impulses

Assessment:

Written examination lasting 1 hour 30 minutes.

Unit 5 – Investigating Science

In this unit you will learn to demonstrate and extend your scientific knowledge and skills. You may choose one investigation from the list of titles provided. Alternatively, you may choose your own investigation in consultation with your teacher, provided this is approved by the examining authority, AQA. In this unit, you will: 

  • use secondary sources to research a scientific topic and develop an outline for the practical investigation 
  • plan the practical investigation and justify the approaches suggested 
  • prepare risk assessments and carry out the practical investigation 
  • record data in an appropriate format 
  • analyse data to draw conclusions 85 Level 3 Certificate in Applied Science. 
  • evaluate the techniques used and the outcomes achieved 
  • produce a scientific report on their investigation 
  • prepare a presentation of their investigation for an appropriate audience.

Assessment:

Internally assessed Portfolio.

Unit 6b – Medical Physics

In this unit you will gain an understanding of some of the key areas in modern medical physics. It will allow you to look at the scientific basis for modern diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of a range of methods of diagnosing and/ or treating different conditions. In this unit you will study:

  • Imaging methods
  • Radiotherapy techniques and the use of radioactive tracers
  • Working with radioisotopes in the laboratory
  • The medical uses of optical fibres and lasers

Assessment:

Internally assessed Portfolio.

What teaching methods will be used?

A wide variety of teaching methods will be used, from supported self-study to traditional teaching. You will perform a lot of experiments and make extensive use of ICT to prepare your portfolio work. 33% of this course is portfolio assessed.

What can I do when I have my qualifications?

This is a  broad-based qualification in Applied Science which may be used to give a general vocational introduction to science, or units may be selected to provide an introduction to more specialised areas. The flexible structure allows for a variety of both academic and vocational pathways that cover a number of areas in science, health, engineering and manufacturing processes.

How can I find out more information?

If you have any further questions please contact Mrs Jones in the Science Department.