Applied Science (First Diploma)

Course Overview

This course enables learners to acquire knowledge in natural and social science. 

Units are taught by specialist lecturers. Two units are assessed using examinations; the remainder are assessed using assignments. Some of the units to be studied are:

Chemistry and our Earth
Aim and purpose:
This unit enables learners to acquire knowledge of fundamental chemistry concepts and the environmental effects of human and natural activity related to chemistry. Learners will develop skills that underpin applications of chemistry in the manufacturing and service industries. This unit covers the basics of chemistry and the associated skills that are in demand in industry. These topics include: basic chemical classification – elements, compounds and mixtures safe use of chemicals within work setting industrial use of chemistry in the production of items for sale and the ways to maximise the production of these items how natural factors and chemical reactions have changed the Earth since its origin and are still changing it.

Learning outcomes:
On completion of this unit a learner should:
1  Be able to investigate different types of chemical substances related to their physical properties
2  Be able to investigate the properties of elements relating to their atomic structure
3  Be able to investigate the factors involved in the rate of chemical reactions
4  Know the factors that are affecting the Earth and its environment

Energy and our Universe
Aim and purpose:
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop knowledge and skills related to fundamental physical concepts, so that they can investigate energy transformations, radiation and their applications, and gain knowledge of waves, how electrical energy is transferred for various applications and how our universe has evolved.

Learning outcomes:
On completion of this unit a learner should:
1  Be able to investigate energy transformations
2  Know the properties and applications of waves and radiation
3  Know how electrical energy that is produced from different sources can be transferred to electric circuits in the home and industry
4  Know the components of the solar system and the way the universe is changing.

Biology and our Environment
Aim and purpose:
This unit will enable learners to develop knowledge and skills related to fundamental concepts in biology. Learners will investigate living organisms, how humans impact on the environment and the factors that affect human health.

Learning outcomes:
On completion of this unit a learner should:
1  Be able to investigate the functioning and classification of organisms
2  Be able to investigate the impact of human activity on the environment
3  Know the factors which can affect and control human health.

Applications of Physical Science
Aim and purpose:
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to investigate how physics is used in various day-to-day applications. Learners will develop understanding of concepts such as motion, forces, waves and electricity.

Learning outcomes:
On completion of this unit a learner should:
1  Be able to investigate motion
2  Be able to investigate forces
3  Be able to investigate light and sound waves
4  Be able to investigate electricity.

Health Applications of Life Science
Aim and purpose:
This unit will enable learners to develop essential knowledge and skills related to life science applications which can affect our health. Learners will produce healthy living plans, investigate how the human body protects itself against disease and consider how medication is developed.

Learning outcomes:
On completion of this unit a learner should:
1 Be able to investigate factors which contribute to healthy living
2 Know how preventative measures can be used to support healthy living
3 Be able to investigate how some treatments are used when illness occurs.

Practical Scientific Project
Aim and purpose:
The aim of this unit is to allow learners to build on existing theories or practical work by conducting a practical science project related to their area of interest. The unit provides a natural investigative approach to extend their understanding and studies.

Learning outcomes:
On completion of this unit a learner should:
1 Be able to plan a practical scientific project
2 Be able to use appropriate practical skills
3 Be able to analyse and present results.

The Living Body
Aim and purpose:
This unit will enable the learner to investigate the structure and function of the digestive, respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems, along with reproductive functions and how collectively these processes work to maintain the human body.

Learning outcomes:
On completion of this unit a learner should:
1  Know the role of enzymes as catalysts
2  Be able to investigate individual body systems, relating their structure and functions to their role in maintaining health
3  Know how the nervous and endocrine systems work to coordinate the body systems
4  Know the structure and functions of the human reproductive system.

Updated November 2018

Entry Requirements

Preferably four GCSEs at grade D including Maths and English.

Course Delivery

The course is assessed through practical work and assignments.

Progression Opportunities

Additional Information

Purchase of lab coat (optional).

Venue(s)

Tycoch

Course deliverable in Welsh

No