Enabling students to understand and analyse contemporary issues in science and technology

Science in Society meeting needs in particular circumstances

Science in Society meeting needs in particular circumstances Science in Society (particularly the AS course) has been successfully used to meet particular requirements in a number of situations. The elements that are drawn upon vary but they include:

  • examination of issues can take place at many levels making the course suitable for mature students
  • the course is recognised as a science qualification where GCSE science is required
  • there is no practical requirement
  • the textbook and complete web resources allow use for distance learning or individual tuition
  • the generic skills developed are valued in many areas

Science in Society meeting needs in particular circumstances 2Examples of students successfully completing a course in AS Science in Society include:

  • adult students in community evening course;
  • mature students on ‘higher education access’ course;
  • students in penal institutions, both adolescent units and adult prison;
  • students preparing for the BMAT examination for entry to medical school;
  • students who completed AS level with a low grade in a specialist science and were not able to continue that study to full A level.