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Qualification name Certificate in Applied Science
Qualification level 3
Awarding organisation AQA Education
Learning method Classroom based
Course hours Full-time
Course start date 4th September 2024
Cost £0.00
Cost description Please see school website for details of our 16-19 Bursary Policy.
Attendance pattern Daytime

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This course is designed to provide students with a balanced coherent study of basic science concepts. Students will be able to devise and plan experimental and investigative work, and interpret, explain, evaluate and communicate the results of these. Students will also gain an awareness of the ethical, environmental, technological and economic aspects of the subject and the role of science in the modern world. The course is a Level 3 qualification; the Certificate is the equivalent to an AS level and the Extended Certificate to that of a full A level. Students will be graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

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Waddesdon Points System to enter the Sixth Form explained in the prospectus.

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Unit 1: Key Concepts in Science Written exam of 1 hour 30 minutes The aim of this unit is for students to develop an understanding of key concepts in science and its applications, so that they can apply these key concepts to vocational situations and contexts. Topics to be covered: • Cells • Transport • The Heart • Homeostasis • Respiration • Photosynthesis • Atomic Structure • Periodic Table • Amount of Substance • Bonding • Enthalpy • Energy and Efficiency • Electricity and Circuits • Dynamics Unit 2: Applied Experimental Techniques Internally assessed portfolio work The aim of this unit is to introduce students to new experimental techniques that reinforce their learning from Unit 1. Experimental contexts to be covered: • Rate of Respiration • Lighting-dependent Reaction • Volumetric Analysis • Colorimetric Analysis • Resistivity • Specific Heat Capacity Unit 3: Science in the Modern World Written exam of 1 hour 30 minutes based on pre-released material The aim of this unit is to build on the applied contexts explored by students to enable them to analyse and evaluate scientific information, to develop critical thinking skills and to understand the use of the media to communicate scientific ideas and theories. Students will develop an understanding of how science is used in organisations and of the roles and responsibilities of their scientifically-qualified staff.

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Through a range of classroom based activities and practicals, enhanced by extension homework and coursework.

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The course prepares students to progress into further or higher education, and to follow Applied Science courses such as Nursing, Forensics, Sports Science or Biomedical Science. The course will also prepare students to enter employment where knowledge of science would be useful and to develop transferable skills such as written and oral communication, team work, ability to work in an analytical, logical, precise and accurate manner, and to analyse and evaluate data effectively.

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Name Waddesdon CE School
Address Baker Street
HP18 0LQ
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