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Introduction to Science Level 2

Introduction to Science Level 2

[ USC01 ]


This distance learning course is designed to introduce students to some of the fundamental concepts of science. It covers a broad range of subjects, taking in chemistry, biology and physics. As such, it would be ideal for anyone thinking about taking a science IGCSE, or even an A Level, but who feels they lack the background knowledge needed to engage with these programmes of study. It would, however, also be effective as a standalone qualification for anyone simply interested in learning more about the subject.


    Course Length - 12
    Award Received - Level 2 Certificate of Achievement by ABC
    Course Code: USC01


Science is a fascinating area of study, and is regarded as one of the core academic subjects. A good grounding in science can have many applications in the world of work, and a basic understanding of scientific principles is a sought after quality in a number of fields. A home study course such as this one can easily be fit around existing work commitments.



Unit 1: The Nature and Variety of Living Organisms

a) Characteristics of Living Organisms

b) Variety of Living Organisms

Unit 2: Structures and Functions in Living Organisms

a) Levels of Organisation

b) Cell Structure

c) Movement of Substances into and out of Cells

d) Nutrition

e) Respiration

f) Gas Exchange

g) Transport

h) Excretion

i) Coordination and Response

Unit 3: Reproduction and Inheritance

a) Reproduction

b) Inheritance

Unit 4: Ecology and the Environment

a) The Organism and the Environment

b) Feeding Relationships

c) Cycles within Ecosystems

d) Human Influence on the Environment

Unit 5: Use of Biological Resources

a) Food Production

b) Selective Breeding

c) Genetic Modification (Genetic Engineering)

d) Cloning


Unit 6: Principles of Chemistry

a) States of Matter

b) Atoms

c) Atomic structur

d) Relative Form0ula Masses and Molar Volume of Gases

e) Chemical Formulae and Chemical Equations

f) Ionic Bonding

g) Covalent Bonds

h) Metallic Crystals

i) Electrolysis

Unit 7: Chemistry of the Elements

a) The Periodic Table

b) Group 1 of the Periodic Table

c) Group 7 of the Periodic Table

d) Oxygen and Oxides

e) Hydrogen and Water

f) Reactivity Series

g) Tests for Ions and Gases

Unit 8: Organic Chemistry

a) Introduction

b) Alkanes

Unit 9: Physical Chemistry

a) Acids, Alkalis and Salts

b) Energetics

c) Rates of Reaction

d) Equilibria

Unit 10: Chemistry in Society

a) Extraction and Uses of Metal

b) Crude Oil

c) Synthetic Polymers

d) The Industrial Manufacture of Chemicals


Unit 11: Forces and Motion

a) Units

b) Movement and Position

c) Forces, Movement, Shape and Momentum

d) Astronomy

Unit 12: Electricity

a) Units

b) Mains Electricity

c) Energy and Potential Difference in Circuits

d) Electrical Charge

Unit 13: Waves

a) Units

b) Properties of Waves

c) The Electromagnetic Spectrum

d) Light and Sound

Unit 14: Energy Resources and Energy Transfer

a) Units

b) Energy Transfer

c) Work and Power

d) Energy Resources and Electricity Generation

Unit 15: Solids, Liquids and Gases

a) Units

b) Density and Pressure

c) Ideal Gas Molecules

Unit 16: Magnetism and Electromagnetism

a) Units

b) Magnetism

c) Electromagnetism

d) Electromagnetic Induction

Unit 17: Radioactivity and Particles

a) Units

b) Radioactivity

c) Particles

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 UK Distance Learning & Publishing 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.

The course itself has been designed by UK Distance Learning & Publishing to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards' endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. 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.

[1] Regulators for exams and assessments in England and Wales


Paper Based Version

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.

Online Version

Our online A-Level courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.


The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.


You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course and will assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.

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