Entry Level Science (2015)

The CCEA Entry Level Science specification develops learners’ understanding of how science can be both beneficial and detrimental to individuals, communities and the environment.

It covers the human body and the lifecycle of plants. Learners also investigate materials, sustainability, electricity, light, sound and the scale of the universe.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Science and Technology Area of Learning.

Entry Level qualifications can help learners to expand their knowledge, increase their confidence and demonstrate achievement. This includes some who might not be ready for a course at GCSE level or equivalent.

This specification is made up of units, and learners can gain a qualification at Entry Level 1, 2 or 3. For each unit, learners produce a portfolio of work to show how they’ve met the assessment criteria; there are no exams.

There are seven units:

  • Unit 1: Human Biology and Keeping Healthy (Optional)
  • Unit 2: Plants and Ecology (Mandatory)
  • Unit 3: Chemical Products and Working Safely (Mandatory)
  • Unit 4: Materials and Recycling (Mandatory)
  • Unit 5: Electricity and Renewable Energy (Mandatory)
  • Unit 6: Light and Sound (Optional)
  • Unit 7: Space Science (Optional)

Current Specification

First teaching: from Summer 2015
First award: from Summer 2016
QAN: 601/5586/3
Guided learning hours: 120
Qualification level: Entry 1/2/3
Subject Code: 1370

Skills developed through our Entry Level Science

This qualification aims to help learners prepare for working and adult life by developing employability and independent living skills. It emphasises learning by doing, with a focus on transferable skills that learners will need in a changing and dynamic working environment.  

Learners develop literacy, numeracy and ICT skills and awareness of the importance of experimental work in scientific methods. They apply their learning in practical contexts and develop an appreciation of how science contributes to everyday life. They also develop employability skills.

Those who complete this qualification can progress to other Entry Level, Level 1, Level 2 or GCSE qualifications, or to related training courses.

For more information on this specification contact:

Gavin Gray
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2270
Nola Fitzsimons
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2235