If you want to pursue a career or study advanced level science, this course is for you.
You will experience what scientists do in their work, covering biology, chemistry and physics, developing your practical and scientific skills.
You will study 3 mandatory units:
- Chemistry and our Earth
- You will learn the basics of chemistry and the associated skills that are in demand in industry. You will find out about chemical classification and be able to carry out investigations to identify elements, mixtures and compounds.
- Energy and our universe
- This unit will enable you to develop knowledge and skills related to fundamental physical concepts, so that you can investigate energy transformations, radiation and their applications, and gain knowledge of waves, how electrical energy is transferred for various applications and how our universe has evolved.
- Biology and our environment
- In this unit you will develop knowledge and skills related to fundamental concepts in biology. You will investigate living organisms, how humans impact on the environment and the factors that affect human health.
You will also study 5-9 of 19 optional units, including:
- Applications of chemical substances
- Applications of physical science
- Health applications of life sciences
- Working in a science-based organisation
- The living body
- Science in medicine
A minimum of 4 GCSEs with the following grades: English at grade 3 and maths at grade 2 or above, and 2 other GCSEs grade 3 or above including a science subject.
You will be assessed by assignments, involving practical tasks and written work. You will have an external exam and a formal practical assessment.
You can go on to employment in a scientific and technical area, for example laboratories and production research and development.
Fees & Funding
As a full time student, under the age of 19, you will not usually need to pay any course or examination fees.
You may need to pay some costs for this course, including stationery, memory stick and laser printing. Maximum likely cost is under £10 per year.
Help may be available for students in financial difficulties. For more information contact student support services, tel: 0500 162100.
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