In your first year, you will have the chance to lay the foundations of your scientific practical skills and techniques. It will include subject content from all three sciences but will focus more on Chemistry investigations. When you progress on to the second year, we will focus more on Biological techniques. You will work to complete two external exams, written assignments and practical investigations to complete a total of 6 units in the first year of the two year programme.
The core units of study are listed below:
This course is designed primarily for young people aged 14-19 who may wish to explore a vocational route in Science. The course leads to an understanding of how science can be applied in a vocational/work setting. It does not give you all the skills you will need to do a job, but it does mean you have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that are relevant to your chosen area of work.
This course contains mandatory and optional units. The units cover Chemistry, Biology and Physics. You will be taught in our new laboratories and will have the opportunity to gain work experience and go on educational visits. If you need to improve your English or Maths qualifications, this can take place alongside this course.
You will work to complete written assignments and practical investigations to complete a range of practical and theory based units based on the following:
The Nature and Applications of Energy, Waves and Radiation The Study of Living Systems Concepts and Techniques for Chemistry Forensic Detection Electronics in Action Carrying out a Science or Technology Project
If you have not yet achieved a grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English Language and maths, you will be required to attend GCSE resit sessions (if you achieved grade 3/D) or functional skills sessions (if you achieved grade 2/E or below).
This evening course is designed to accommodate you if you wish to obtain a general certificate in Foundation GCSE Science and you are working during the day. The maximum grade achievable is a C grade.
The AQA GCSE (4405 specification A, Route 1) Core Science course involves three units of study:
The Extended Diploma in Applied Science is the second year of the full-time programme that is equivalent to three A levels. The course consists units that are delivered allowing you to explore the applications of the three main disciplines of Science: Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
The course aims to give you the opportunity to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding by experiencing work across a range of contexts in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Scientific practical investigations are seen as very important aspect of the course and continues throughout the two years along with critical studies.
(You will progress onto the Extended Diploma after successful completion of the National Foundation Diploma in the first year).