Level 1/2 First Award

Principles of Applied Science

Course Overview

The Principles of Applied Science Award has been designed to deliver the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study for science by covering the key scientific principles vital for both scientists and citizens of the future.

Vocational learning in science is critical to enabling technical roles in the STEM sector to be supported. The qualification is appropriate for learners of all abilities who will benefit from a practical and applied approach to learning in a vocational context.

What will I study? 

The Award comprises four mandatory units that underpin the knowledge and skills that are key to progression within science based industries. These mandatory units cover the range of essential scientific principles together with underlying introductions to essential knowledge and applications in chemistry, physics and biology.

English and mathematics have been contextualised within the assessment aims. This allows learners to practise these essential skills in naturally occurring and meaningful contexts, where appropriate. This course will give learners the opportunity to develop a range of related skills and techniques that are essential for successful performance in STEM industries.

What could I do next?

From the knowledge and skills developed in this qualification you may expect to seek employment at a junior level working in companies that manufacture pharmaceuticals, computer-chip technology materials and food products; or in companies that investigate the causes of disease and help to combat pollution; or with energy companies and those that manufacture products reliant upon energy support progression into a more specialised Level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements required for this course.