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Applied Physical Science

Courses starting September. Call 01539 814700 for details.

This is a practical course designed for anyone who is interested in physical science.

You will learn about a variety of science and physical science techniques, including electrical circuits, astronomy, medical physics, cryogenics and other areas of physical sciences.

The course provides good preparation for anyone wanting to progress to careers in professions such as the medical physics, astronomy, electrical applications and the wider science industries.

The College has a brand new state-of-the-art laboratory and highly qualified and experienced staff. The department organises a variety of trips, for example, visits to university departments (e.g. Sports Science, Biomedical Science) and international visits to Geneva.

This course will develop your laboratory, numeracy, communication and team working skills.

This course usually takes place over 3 days per week for two years. You complete the 90-credit Diploma in the first year and the Extended Diploma in the second year. The two-year course is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points (Triple Distinction*)  or 144 UCAS points (Triple Distinction). UCAS have recently changed the UCAS Tariff from September 2017 so they could include more qualifications. The new Tariff points are lower than the original Tariff points but the value remains the same, as universities will just use lower Tariff numbers in their entry requirements than in previous years.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ‘C’ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.
The course gives you the opportunity to study a number of specialist units including:

- Principles and Applications of Science
- Laboratory Techniques and their Application
- Investigative Project
- Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
- Electrical Circuits and their Application
- Astronomy and Space Science
- Medical Physics Applications

Teaching will include a mix of theory and practical sessions.

There will be at least two units assessed via external examination, with the remaining majority of assessment achieved through assignments (including essays, practical reports, posters and oral presentations).  Class tests may also occasionally be used. Learners should expect 3-5 assignments per unit.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

How will I be assessed?


Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

On completion, you can go on to study a range of science related degree courses, such as, Physical Science, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry and Geology amongst others.

If you would prefer to go straight into employment following this course you could work for example in a hospital laboratory, a research laboratory, a laboratory in a school or college or a quality control laboratory.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above, including English Language and Maths (new Grade 5) and Science (Physics and Chemistry at B,)

More mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include experience of paid and/ or unpaid employment.

Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on enquiries@kendal.ac.uk for details. More about Student Finance.

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