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Science in Society as a broadening course

Science in Society as a broadening course

AS level Science in Society has been successfully offered by a number of centres as a broadening course as a timetable alternative to subjects such as General Studies and Critical Thinking.

This has usually required some adjustment of the teaching scheme to meet a reduced time allocation.

Clearly students taking the course with reduced contact time may be at some disadvantage. But, for many, Science in Society is a more accessible course, than Critical Thinking for example, as long as care is taken that students have the necessary literacy skills.

Centres have found the course deliverable in this context, with careful planning and student selection, in 2-3 hours per week and a few in particular circumstances have managed with less.

Most commonly this is managed by delivering Unit 2 (the internally assessed work) through tutorial/voluntary study.