The course is particularly suitable for people who have studied Applied Science GCSE or who have taken a BTec in Science. Anyone who has performed at GCSE C grade or above (or equivalent) in Science can take the course. Good research skills and a clear writing style are beneficial, and you will need to make some use of maths skills.
The AS course is divided into three modules. Two of these modules are assessed through the completion of a portfolio, containing a variety of written materials. The third module is assessed through an exam at the end of the AS year.
The first AS module is Science at Work in which you will study organisations and businesses that use Science as part of their work. You will have the opportunity to study a number of different areas of work and will make a visit to one of these businesses. You will also carry out practical work related to the business and your written work based on this will form part of your portfolio.
The second module is Analysis at Work in which you will study and carry out a range of analytical techniques that are used by Chemists. Your writing about these techniques will form the main part of your portfolio. You will also research the energy policies that are used by companies and will include some information about this in your portfolio.
The final module is Monitoring the Activity of the Human Body; this module is the one that is examined. You will study the techniques that are used by doctors, nurses and sports scientists to check the health and activity of the human body.
The same pattern of assessment is repeated at A2. The two portfolio pieces are Investigating the Scientists’ Work and Sampling, Testing and Processing. In the first of these modules you will plan and carry out an extended practical activity, based on a vocational context. In the second module you will extend your study of analysis from AS level by looking at sampling techniques, the testing of samples and the processing of results as used by forensic scientists, environmental scientists, anti-doping agencies etc.
The course is suitable for anyone who would like to take a broad approach to studying Science at GCE level rather than specialising in one area. Previous students have taken the course as a route into nursing and related work, as a foundation subject to access teacher training, or simply because they enjoy Sciencee
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