Learn and Work in Applied Science
- Job Opportunities are probably far greater than what you imagine
- This qualification has real advantages over even a degree in science
- Learn things that will make you more employable, or better prepared to set up your own business
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This is a unique qualification designed for people wishing to work or already working in science related jobs that want to further their knowledge and understanding in sciences, to improve memorability and further your professional career. Also, this course provides an achievable step towards a career you want, as an opportunity to test the water before committing to higher qualifications.
This qualification requires the completion of 20 modules, including Research I and II, plus 100 hr of industry meetings.
What makes the ACS Proficiency Award unique?
The proficiency awards offer a tiered award system - so you don't have to wait until the end of your qualification to have an award.
How does that work?
Once you have completed 6 modules, you can receive an ACS Certificate. Complete 9, and you receive an ACS Advanced Certificate. Once you have completed all your modules, you are awarded your ACS Proficiency Award.
List of Modules
At least twelve modules should be taken from the Group 1, four from Group 2, and the remaining 4 modules may be taken from either group.
For detailed outlines (of most modules) click on the module on the list below
What you learn through ACS Applied Science Studies
An ACS Certificate or Proficiency Award in Applied Science is designed to provide foundation knowledge beyond secondary education, but with greater relevance to the practical workplace. The course is ideal for students who wish to develop knowledge and skills related to their current employment. For instance, a sales person in irrigation or gardening equipment and supplies might design a Proficiency Award of Science focused on horticulture, to improve their ability to advise clients. A qualified nurse design their Proficiency Award in Applied Science to focus on nutrition to increase their ability to advise patients on dietary changes as part of an overall treatment program.
Getting a job in today’s world is determined not only by the sort of qualification you have, but also your personality, presentation, attitude, experience, interests, and ability to adapt to new challenges.
With an ACS qualification in Applied Science, you are better prepared to enter a science oriented workplace, learn faster on the job, and become a more useful employee within a shorter period of time.
There are in fact fewer jobs today (per capita) that require a degree than there were in the past. Despite this, today more than in the past, employers do tend to seek certain specific knowledge and skills in employees.
What do Employers Think?
A qualification that has required hard work to attain will be an indication to an employer that you have a certain level of drive and commitment.
An understanding of the industry and discipline which the job encompasses will indicate that you are more likely to learn faster and become useful to the employer sooner. We design our courses with these things in mind.
Where Might a Qualification Lead?
- Certificates are generally going to lead you to being an assistant of some kind. Whilst it varies, assistants in the field of science might become employed as laboratory assistants and technical assistants.
- The Proficiency Award 3 generally offers the possibility of a position of greater responsibility (although some graduates might never move beyond an assistant position). People with Proficiency Award 3's might become Technical Officers, Technical Advisors, Freelance Consultants (in some fields), and Technical Sales Managers.
Recognise both the value and limits of study
- Learning about science is essential; but getting experience and building networks within the scientific community, can be just as important.
- Do not underrate any experience; even if it does not seem relevant. When you do go for a job; the employer will consider whether you have worked before. Having worked tells them something about your personality and attitude; even if it was nothing more than as a cleaner; or shop assistant.
- If you are studying at secondary school or university, still try to do some part time work at the same time. An education is always important, but the majority of people who study something will end up working in something different to what they studied. Even doing volunteer work or starting a small business while you are a student can have a major effect upon your prospects after you complete your studies.
- Experience and learning acquired through part time employment are often just as impressive to a future employer as the qualification you are studying. Either one without the other may put you in a less advantageous position in the future.
Once you have a job keep looking for opportunities to improve your situation, whether in the existing job, or by moving on to something different. You will learn skills in every job you do, even if they are not skills you recognise at the time. As you progress through your career you will build on your skill set and develop new skills. Even if you change career you will often still be able to draw on skills you have developed in a different career, just in a different context. For example, if you start working in hospitality you will develop skills in customer service which can be applied to a job as a medical receptionist; if you start working as a journalist you may develop critical thinking skills that can be applied to a career in nursing; if you work as a teacher you may develop an understanding of children that can be applied to work as an occupational therapist.
Decisions You Make Today, will Affect Tomorrow's Opportunities
Career choices are infinite in the world of science; and as new discoveries are made, new jobs open up, and new questions become evident (which in turn open up both research and business opportunities).
- Science can be divided in a number of different ways; but the main division can often be life sciences or physical sciences.
- Some people forge a career in one; and some in the other. Some become specialists, and others retain an ability to move from one area of science to another.
- In today's world, there is a real risk of a career imploding at some stage if you specialise too much though. In the early stages of developing any sort of career in science, it is always best to study a diverse range of subjects, and seek out qualification is particularly valuable if that is your goal; because it offers you opportunities to learn valuable things about a wide variety of areas of science.
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