Applied Science - Level 2
Start Date: 5th September 2022
More about the course
Do you have an interest in biology, chemistry and physics? Are you keen to learn how the body works or investigate human behaviour? This Applied Science course will develop your science and laboratory skills.
You will explore topics such as the living body, chemistry and our Earth, energy and our universe, investigating a crime scene and investigating human behaviour.
You will learn from tutors who have extensive industry experience across a range of roles including social work, lab technician, process engineering and multi-national chemical companies.
You will also have the opportunity to complete work experience and may be asked to take part in skills competitions.
- 4 GCSE at grade 3 or above including English and/or maths
What will I achieve?
On successful completion you will receive a Level 2 Gateway Extended Certificate in Applied Science and Technology.
What will I learn?
- Chemistry and our Earth
- Energy and our Universe
- The living body
- Investigating a crime scene
- Investigating human behaviour
How is the course taught?
- Practical sessions
- Group work
- Project work
- Field trips and visits
- Work placements
How am I assessed?
- Written assignments
Work experience opportunities
As a science student, you will complete at least five days of work experience in a science setting.
You will also have one lesson a week dedicated to work preparation. You will be supported to write your CV, explore behaviour at work and take part in mock interviews.
As part of your course you will complete charity fundraising and take part in competitions.
English and Maths
Scientists rely heavily on English and mathematical skills, from chemical calculations to forensic measurements, scales, report writing and communication skills. We embed both subjects into your programme.
Where can I progress?
You can progress to a Level 3 Applied Science course or a range of other courses in the college including Health and Social Care, Childcare, Access to HE and Engineering when you successfully complete this course.
If you are aged 16-18 when you begin your course you are likely to be eligible for free tuition. Detailed information can be found within the financial support section.
If you are aged 19+ the cost of the course will depend on your circumstances. Our support pages can help you determine your suitability.
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What can I do with a qualification in Science?
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- Analyses results and experimental data.
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