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Brief introduction to subject:
Applied Science is an interesting and exciting subject. The specification content will require pupils to acquire a large amount of factual knowledge, which can only be achieved through independent learning. Pupils are expected to read around the subject and should spend at least 4 hours per week on consolidating their knowledge outside the classroom.
It links directly to jobs that Scientists do in hospitals and industry laboratories. This course includes assignments, controlled assessments and examinations. The course is specifically designed for students that have an interest in vocational science but prefer a more coursework centred assessment.
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"The subject allowed me to submit a portfolio so there is no big exam at the end.”
“I really enjoyed using the laboratory equipment, having applied science will help me get onto a science related degree at university."
Science - Grade 5-5 in Trilogy Combined
English - Grade 4
Maths - Grade 6
A total of 4 units will be studied across the 2 years of the course which include all 3 sciences: · Unit 1 Principles and Applications of Science (External examination) · Unit 2 Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (Internal assignments) · Unit 3 Scientific Investigation Skills (External Task based Assessments) · Optional Unit (Internal assignments)
Unit 1 – Principals and Applications of Science (Exam, externally assessed)
In this introductory unit, learners study key concepts and applications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Learners will make judgements and reach conclusions by evaluating scientific information and making connections between different scientific concepts, procedures and processes. In Biology, learners will study; cell structure, the heart, homeostasis and photosynthesis. In Chemistry, learners will study; the periodic table, bonding and structure and enthalpy changes. In Physics, learners will study; Waves and their uses in communication.
Unit 2 – Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (Coursework – Internally assessed)
In this unit, learners will gain skills in conducting quantitative analysis techniques in titration, colorimetry, calorimetry and chromatography. Learners will have the opportunity to calibrate equipment and conduct laboratory procedures and techniques safely. Learners will gain fundamental knowledge in scientific practical and transferable skills and be able to solve complex problems and interpret data. The experience gained from this unit will be invaluable to anyone who would wish to work in the chemical industry.
Unit 3 – Science Investigation Skills (Exam, Externally assessed)
In this unit learners will develop the essential skills underpinning practical scientific investigations. Learners will acquire the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation, how to record, interpret, draw scientific conclusions and evaluate. Learners will need to use their knowledge and skills gained in Unit 1 and 2 to complete Unit 3. Learners will be provided with a case study two weeks prior to a supervised assessment in order to carry out a practical investigation and obtain results required to complete the assessment. The supervised assessment is a maximum of 90 minutes. Pearson sets and marks the written assessment. Optional unit – (Coursework, Internally assessed) Learners will have an opportunity to study an optional unit in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics. The units include human biology, organic chemistry, electrical circuits and astronomy. Learners will submit a portfolio of work to be internally assessed.
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