AGQ Applied General Science

Level 3 Applied General certificate in Applied Science (equivalent to AS level) and Level 3 Applied General Extended Certificate in Applied Science (equivalent to A level)

Specification: AQA

Why study Applied General Science?

These Level 3 qualifications offer a practical introduction to science and offer progression to further academic study and employment.

What will I study?

The certificate involves study of Biology, Chemistry and Physics concepts and theories, as well as applied experimental techniques across all science disciplines. It also covers Science communication skills and the ability to critically evaluate scientific literature and the use of media to communicate scientific ideas and theories. In year 2 there is the detailed study of Human Biology and Organic Chemistry along with a Scientific project from any area. (For practical reasons this is likely to be a choice from a defined list)

What are the units?

First Year Certificate

Unit 1 Key concepts in Science
Learners will study some of the fundamental aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This covers work studied at GCSE and develops into the level 3 aspects of each subject.

Unit 2 Applied experimental techniques
Learners are introduced to new experimental techniques, reinforcing methods met previously and developing practical skills including accuracy and precision. Learners will research the background to a number of analytical and experimental techniques in an applied or vocational context.

Unit 3 Science in the modern world
Learners will analyse and evaluate scientific information to develop critical thinking skills and understand the use of the media to communicate scientific ideas and theories. Learners will also find out about scientific careers through the different roles scientists undertake in scientific organisations.

Second Year Extended Certificate

Unit 4 The human body
Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the digestive system, the components of a balanced and imbalanced diet and the effects on health. Assessment focuses on occupations that require knowledge of the human body, such as sports scientists and dieticians.

Unit 5 Investigating science
Learners gain the opportunity to undertake the role of a research scientist, following standard procedures to complete a scientific investigation. The unit enables learners to demonstrate and extend their scientific knowledge and skills. Learners may choose one investigation from a list of titles or choose their own investigation in consultation with their tutor.

Unit 6 Organic chemistry
Learners are introduced to preparative organic chemistry in a wide range of contexts, including pharmaceuticals, dyes and bio-diesel. Learners will synthesise organic compounds and will develop practical chemistry skills and techniques.
Note : Unit 6 depending on Staffing and other factors may be replaced by Microbiology or Medical Physics. However we are currently expected to study Organic Chemistry

How will I be assessed?

Unit Examined By
1. Key concepts in Science Written Exam 1 hour 30 mins across all 3 Sciences
2. Applied Experimental Techniques Internally assessed portfolio Practical assignments
3. Science in the Modern World Written exam (based on pre release material) 1 hour 30 min exam on material released 6 weeks before the exam
4. Human Biology Written Exam 1 hour 30 mins.
5. Investigative Science Internally assessed report Practical investigation and full report
6. Organic Chemistry Internally assessed portfolio Practical assignments

Entry requirements:

C or above in all of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
C in Core and Additional Science

Course expenses

No fixed expenses. No text book has yet been published for this course, but it is expected that students may need to purchase a text book when one is available.