Applied Science Level 2

Start Date
01/08/2020
Level
Course Course
CFFSC1
Area
Science, Dental & Pharmacy
Campus
City Campus

About this Course

Level 2 Applied Science (Double First Award) is an interesting, diverse and stimulating course in which you’ll learn about biology, chemistry and physics. You will develop your knowledge and practical skills in Applied Science – this can help you to thrive on future courses or in the world of work.

Key Units

Unit 1: Principles of Science (GLH:30)
The aim of this unit is to study fundamental core science concepts in biology, chemistry and physics. The assessment for this unit focuses on your understanding and application of these concepts, and so will not be vocational in context. This unit is assessed externally using a paper-based exam marked by Edexcel.


Unit 2: Chemistry and Our Earth (GLH:30)
In this unit you will investigate chemical reactivity and bonding, investigate how the uses of chemical substances depend on their chemical and physical properties, investigate the factors involved in the rate of chemical reactions and study the factors that are affecting the Earth and its environment.

Unit 3: Energy and Our Universe (GLH:30)
In this unit you will study ionising radiation, its uses and sources, learn how electrical energy produced from different sources can be transferred through the National Grid to homes and industry and learn the components of the Solar System, the way the Universe is changing and the methods we use to explore space.

Unit 4: Biology and Our Environment (GLH:30)
In this unit you will investigate the relationships that different organisms have with each other and with their environment, demonstrate an understanding of the effects of human activity on the environment and how these effects can be measured and explore the factors that affect human health.

Unit 5: Applications of Chemical Substances (GLH:30)
In this unit you will investigate and understand enthalpy changes associated with chemical reactions, investigate organic compounds used in society and explore the uses of nanochemicals and new materials.

Unit 6: Applications of Physical Science (GLH:30)
In this unit you will investigate motion, investigate forces, investigate light and sound waves and investigate electricity. 

Unit 7: Health Applications of Life Science (GLH:30)
In this unit you will investigate factors that contribute to healthy living, learn how preventative measures can be used to support healthy living and investigate how some treatments are used when illness occurs.

Unit 8: Scientific Skills (GLH:30)
The aim of this unit is to further develop your knowledge and understanding of the scientific process and build on the scientific investigation skills you have developed in other units. In this unit you will learn how to produce a good plan for an investigation, process, present and analyse data, and draw evidence-based conclusions and evaluate evidence and investigative methods.

Entry Requirements

New GCSE Grading System
4 GCSEs grade 3 or above, or acceptable alternatives. Must include Double Science and one of English Language or Maths at grade 3.
 
Pre-2017 GCSE Grading System
4 GCSEs grades A* - D or acceptable alternatives. Must include Double Science and one of English Language or Maths at grade D.

Assessment

Unit 1
60-minute examination with 54 marks. The paper will consist of three sections:
  • Section A: biology
  • Section B: chemistry
  • Section C: physics
Each section will be worth 18 marks.

Units 2-7
These unit are assessed by assignment work - set and marked internally covering the topics highlighted above.

Unit 8
This unit is assessed externally using a paper-based exam marked by Edexcel.

The learner will complete a 1 hour and 15 minute examination worth 50 marks. The examination will contain questions on planning, processing, presenting and analysing data, drawing conclusions and evaluating methodology and conclusions.

Where does this Lead

Students who achieve the Level 2 Applied Science qualification and appropriate GCSE grades should be able to progress onto one of the following courses:

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Hillsborough Campus)
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (City Campus)

Future Opportunities

Job prospects include:

  • Analytical Scientist
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Dental Technician
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Health Professional (e.g. general nursing, paediatric nursing)
  • Pharmaceutical Technician
  • Sports Scientist

Tell Me More

Will this course suit me?
An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated with a desire to learn about science in the world.


Qualification Title
BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Applied Science (NQF)

Extra Costs

You may be entitled to help from the college’s Student Support Fund with the cost of trips, visits and anything else you need to buy for your course. 

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