Proficiency Award 3 In Applied Science

Study applied sciences at home learning about the application of chemistry, human biology, animal biology and plant biology in agriculture, horticulture, environmental science and other sciences.

Course CodeVSC002
Fee CodeDI
Duration (approx)2100 hours
QualificationProficiency Award 3

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A unique qualification for people wishing to work or already working in science related jobs. This course can serve to further your knowledge and understanding, improve employ-ability, broaden your professional career, or act as a stepping stone to higher qualifications.

This course is different to many others, because it goes well beyond just teaching you basic scientific knowledge.  It is an "experiential based" learning program; designed to get you involved with a scientists, academics, technicians in a variety of science disciplines.  This contact and networking with professionals in the field will provide the basis for ongoing success you need to become "connected" and remain "connected", so that you see and adapt to changes as your career moves forward.

You can direct your studies to your current area of expertise, or chose a new direction for yourself.  You can also have your qualification as focused or as broad as you need it to be.

The Proficiency Award 3 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 8(plus 100hrs work experience), and receive an ACS Advanced Certificate. Complete 10 and receive a ACS Proficiency Award 1. Complete 14 (plus 100hrs work experience) and receive an ACS Proficiency Award 2. Complete 20 modules (plus 100hrs work experience) and receive an ACS Proficiency Award 3. Complete 24 modules (plus 100hrs Work Experience) and receive an ACS Proficiency Award 4.

List of Modules

At least twelve modules should be taken from the Group 1, four from Group 2, and the remaining four modules may be taken from either group.
For detailed outlines (of most modules) click on the module on the list below.

Group 1

 Group 2

What you learn through ACS Applied Science Studies

An ACS Certificate or Proficiency Award in Applied Science is designed to provide you with:

  • A foundation of scientific knowledge;

  • An awareness of scientific applications in the workplace.

  • A capacity to seek out, comprehend and apply scientific knowledge wherever you need to.

The course is an "experiential based" learning program that gets you involved with the "real world". Through practical tasks, research, observation and networking; you are guided to develop not only knowledge of science, but also "understanding", "awareness" and the right "attitude" that is needed to build either a sustainable career or business.
The course offers lots of opportunity for you to "specialize", choosing a combination of "electives" that give you a very unique mix of skills; for instance:

  • a sales person in irrigation or gardening equipment and supplies might design a qualification of Science focused on horticulture, to improve their ability to advise clients.

  • a nurse may design their qualification in Applied Science to focus on nutrition to increase their ability to advise patients on dietary changes as part of an overall treatment program.

Employment Opportunities

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. More people today are "self employed" than in the past. In some countries, 70% of all jobs are in self employment. This situation is being driven by scientific discovery and technological innovation.

Industry is changing faster than ever; and will continue to change; and for ongoing success you need to become "connected" and remain "connected", so that you see and adapt to recent changes, and ongoing changes as your career moves forward. 

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 Certificate or Proficiency Award 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.

  • Proficiency Awards generally offer the possibility of a position of greater responsibility (although some Proficiency Award graduates might never move beyond an assistant position). People with Proficiency Awards might become Technical Officers, Technical Advisors, Freelance Consultants (in some fields), and Technical Sales Managers.


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