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Introduction to Science Level 2

Course code: SH027

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Develop your skills and knowledge in our introduction to science course, from home!

This course will allow you to:

  • Understand the nature and variety of living organisms
  • Identify the structures and functions of living organisms
  • Learn about reproduction and inheritance
  • Study ecology and the environment and what effect does human influence have on the environment
  • Discover the use of biological resources
  • Understand the principles of chemistry and atom structures
  • Lean about the chemistry of the elements in terms of the periodic table
  • Study organic chemistry and understand alkanes and alkenes
  • Understand physical chemistry and rates of reaction
  • Explore chemistry in society

The course will allow you to study when and where you want, at your own pace. All coursework can be submitted by either post or email making it easier and hassle-free.

All of the materials will be delivered to you by post, so it couldn’t be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors are always a click away by email, giving you advice and helping you through your course.

Develop your interest and knowledge by enrolling now and join the 60,000 students that have already done so.

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2Course Content
Unit 1: The Nature and Variety of Living Organisms
  • Characteristics of Living Organisms
  • Variety of Living Organisms
Unit 2: Structures and Functions in Living Organisms
  • Levels of Organisation
  • Cell Structure
  • Biological Molecules
  • Movement of Substances Into and Out of Cells
  • Nutrition
  • Respiration
  •  Gas Exchange
  • Transport
  • Excretion
  • Coordination and Response
Unit 3: Reproduction and Inheritance
  • Reproduction
  • Inheritance
Unit 4: Ecology and the Environment
  • The Organism and the Environment
  • Feeding Relationships
  • Cycles within Ecosystems
  • Human Influence on the Environment
Unit 5: Use of Biological Resources
  • Food Production
  • Selective Breeding
  • Genetic Modification (Genetic Engineering)
  • Cloning
  • Chemistry
Unit 6: Principles of Chemistry
  • States of Matter
  • Atoms
  • Atomic structure
  • Relative Formula Masses and Molar Volume of Gases 
  • Chemical Formulae and Chemical Equations
  • Ionic Bonding
  • Covalent Bonds
  • Metallic Crystals
  • Electrolysis
Unit 7: Chemistry of the Elements
  • The Periodic Table
  • Group 1 of the Periodic Table
  • Group 7 of the periodic table
  • Oxygen and Oxides
  • Hydrogen and Water
  • Reactivity Series
  • Tests for Ions and Gases
Unit 8: Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction
  • Alkanes
  • Alkenes
Unit 9: Physical Chemistry
  • Acids, Alkalis and Salts
  • Energetics
  • Rates of Reaction
  • Equalibria
Unit 10: Chemistry in Society
  • Extraction and Uses of Metal
  • Crude Oil
  • Synthetic Polymers
  • The Industrial Manufacture of Chemicals
  • Physics
Unit 11: Forces and Motion
  • Units
  • Movement and Position
  • Forces, Movement, Shape and Momentum
  • Astronomy
Unit 12: Electricity
  • Units
  • Mains Electricity
  • Energy and Potential Difference in Circuits
  • Electrical Charge
Unit 13: Waves
  • Units
  • Properties of Waves
  • The Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Light and Sound
Unit 14: Energy Resources and Energy Transfer
  • Units
  • Energy Transfer
  • Work and Power
  • Energy Resources and Electricity Generation
Unit 15: Solids, Liquids and Gases
  • Units
  • Density and Pressure
  • Ideal Gas Molecules
Unit 16: Magnetism and Electromagnetism
  • Units
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnetism
  • Electromagnetic Induction
Unit 17: Radioactivity and Particles
  • Units
  • Radioactivity
  • Particles
3Other Information

This course is assessed by a series of assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required.

Course Duration

This course will take you 12 months to complete.

Study Method

This course will allow you to work at home or at work. All materials for the course will be received by post. You will also get tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Kendal Publishing (a partner of UKDLP) has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. 

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.


Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol in this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • Student study planner
  • Three colour highlighter
  • Student notebook
  • FREE CV writing service
How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your Introduction to Science Level 2 Certification.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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