Course Information

School Blended Offer Applied Science

VLAP100P

Subject area: Science

Course Type: Part Time

Course Overview

This course can only be taken in conjunction with 2 A level choices at the following schools:

• Larkmead
• Fitzharrys
• John Mason


Course Content

The focus of this course is to understand science through the development of practical skills and therefore there is a strong emphasis on practical experimentation. However, there will also be theory sessions and an expectation to gain further knowledge by independent research.

Regulated by Pearson, this course is graded from P (pass) to D* (Distinction*) and is equivalent to one A Level.


Skills I Will Develop

Skills you will need:

• A desire to investigate science further
• An enquiring mind
• The ability to read and follow instructions
• The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
• The ability to utilise effectively the mathematical skills acquired in GCSE Maths
• An awareness of personal health & safety and that of others.


Learning Methods & Assessment

Unit 1 is assessed externally by a written paper of short-answer questions; Unit 3 will be assessed externally by a practical exam and write-up.

Units 2 and 8 will be assessed internally by written assignments as well as practical skills assessments.


What Qualification Will I Receive?

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science


Course Units

Year 1:

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I
This unit provides the knowledge and understanding that underpins progression in the science sector and includes topics on:
• Periodicity and properties of elements
• Structure and function of cells and tissues
• Waves in communication.

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
This unit introduces quantitative laboratory techniques including:
• Undertaking titration & colorimetry to determine the concentration of solutions
• Undertaking calorimetry to study cooling curves
• Undertaking chromatographic techniques to identify components in mixtures
• Reviewing personal development of scientific skills for laboratory work.

Year 2:

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills
This unit covers the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation:
• Data collection, processing and analysis/interpretation
• Drawing conclusions and evaluation
• Enzymes in action
• Diffusion of molecules
• Plants and their environment
• Energy content of fuels.

Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems
This unit focuses on the physiological make up of three human body systems:
• Understanding the impact of disorders of the musculoskeletal system and their associated corrective treatments.
• Understanding the impact of disorders on the physiology of the lymphatic system and the associated corrective treatments.
• Exploring the physiology of the digestive system and the use of corrective treatments for dietary-related diseases.


Where Next?

In conjunction with other A Level qualifications, you could progress to higher education courses in the biomedical sciences, biochemistry, chemistry, forensic science and biology. This could then lead to career opportunities in biomedical research, sports science and environmental management, etc.


Fee Information

Trips and visits may be offered as part of your programme of study but these will be optional and fees will be collected throughout the duration of the course. Details of cost will be provided during the enrolment process if not already above.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course cost, call 01235 216 298 for more information.

The 19+ full fee button displays the full fee that may apply, the rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. Also see the Course Fees & Finance page under the Info Centre link at the top of the screen.


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Course Details

Time: 15:15 - 17:15

Days: Tue & Thu

Date: 10 Sep 2018 - 05 Jul 2019

Location: Abingdon Campus

Contact Details

Abingdon Campus: 01235 555 585

Witney Campus: 01993 703464
(Common Leys)

enquiries@abingdon-witney.ac.uk