Applied ScienceQueen Elizabeth Sixth Form College
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- Vocational qualification
Frequent Asked Questions
Students should meet the general college entry requirements for A Level study. Please refer to the current Prospectus advanced programmes, entry requirements. In addition, students should have a C grade in at least one GCSE Science subject. Study of GCSE Applied Science is an advantage but not essential.
GCE Advanced Level AS/A2
Unit 1: Science at Work - Assessed via a portfolio
Unit 2: Analysis at Work - Assessed via a portfolio
Unit 3: Monitoring the activity of the human body - Assessed via an external examination
Unit 8: Investigating the scientists work - Assessed via a portfolio
Unit 9: Sampling, testing and processing - Assessed by external exam
Unit 12: Electrons in Action - Assessed by portfolio
How it is Taught
A major activity is the completion of assignments, with two-thirds of the final grade being based on this internally assessed work. Students learn research skills and spend a considerable amount of time preparing their portfolios, which involves the use of computers. There are external visits and visiting speakers to familiarise students with the way that science is used in the workplace. There are opportunities to develop practical laboratory skills and carry out investigations. Preparation for the examined unit in each year involves more formal teaching, with note-making, problem-solving and data analysis exercises.
Unit :Duration :Date :%
Unit 3: Monitoring the activity of the human body : 1 hour 30 min : June : 33.3% of AS
Unit :Duration :Date :%
Unit 9:Sampling, testing and processing : 1 hour 30 min : June : 33.3% of A2
Useful/Common Subject Combinations
This subject combines well with any other programme of study. It can be taken as a students only science subject, providing breadth; it can also be combined with other science A Levels, providing opportunities to study scientific issues in vocational contexts.
Other Relevant Information
Classes are usually shared between two teachers from different scientific disciplines in order to provide expertise across the wide range of topic material in the course.
Careers and HE Information
This is an excellent course for students considering any laboratory-based career. Technicians work in a wide range of industries the National Health Service, forensics, food technology, education and manufacturing to name but a few.
With this qualification, students could progress to degrees courses in Science Education, Combined/Integrated Science or applied science courses such as Crime Scene Science. However, without other science A Levels, this qualification is not sufficient for progression onto specialist courses in chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, medicine or dentistry. But there are Foundation Science courses from which students with Applied Science A Level could progress to the more specialised science degrees. It can also be a useful qualification for entry to nursing or midwifery.