The vocational learning style is completely different from more traditional routes. Learners may research topics and present results in a wide variety of ways other than as written text; often applying their research, skills and knowledge to specific work-related contexts and case studies with many real-life examples. This is a more hands-on vocational approach to learning and assessment. An award in this course is gained through 50% Exam and 50% Coursework.
Units include: Fundamentals of science; Working in the science industry; Scientific practical techniques. Scientific investigations; Perceptions of science; Using mathematical tools in science.
Optional units include: A choice of units from topics such as Microbiological techniques, Electrical circuits and the applications, Using science in the workplace, Biochemistry and Biochemical techniques.
A choice from topics such as applications of Forensic psychology, Forensic evidence collection and analysis, Medical physics techniques and Practical chemical analysis.
Skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are vital to meet the needs of employers across a variety of job roles. The demand for STEM skills is expected to grow dramatically in the next ten years.
Already, six out of ten employers are having difficulty recruiting enough STEM skilled individuals to meet their needs. Students gaining good STEM qualifications are more likely to secure employment and a career that is rewarded at a level higher than average.
This A level in Applied Science is designed to inspire and develop STEM skills. Students gain an extremely marketable qualification, whether they wish to continue into higher education or go into the workplace. The majority of universities include Applied science as a possible entry requirement to many of their courses.