Key Stage 5

Post 16

BTec Applied Science 

Is this course for me?

Yes, if you are interested in the application of scientific ideas and how Science can be used to solve practical problems in the real world.

What qualifications do I need?

BTEC Level 2 Applied Science at Merit Standard or four GCSE grades (including English and Maths) at grade A*-C / 9-4.

What does the course involve?

Year 12: BTEC Level 3 Certificate

Unit 1:Principles and Applications of Science

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Year 13: BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills.

Plus ONE optional unit, chosen by the teachers, from:Physiology of Human Body Systems, Human Regulation and Reproduction, Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Diseases and Infections, Applications of Inorganic Chemistry, Applications of Organic Chemistry, Electrical Circuits and their Application.

How will my work be assessed?

All work is graded as pass, merit or distinction which correspond to A Level grades E, C and A respectively.

Year 12

Unit 1 is externally assessed by an examination which will include multiple-choice, calculations, short-answer, and extended open-response questions. This will count towards just over half of the marks. You must achieve at least a pass in this exam in order to complete the course. Unit 2 is internally assessed via assignments (projects, reports, posters, presentations to the group).

Year 13

Unit 3 is externally assessed by a task-based assessment in which you will demonstrate your skills of carrying out a scientific practical investigation to collect and record data. The optional unit is internally assessed via assignments.

What can I do afterwards?

BTEC HNC or HND, Foundation Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, NVQ or Science based employment such as laboratory technician.

EXAM BOARD > EDEXCEL

Biology 

Is this course for me?

Yes, if you:

• Like a challenge

• Are prepared to meet deadlines

• Have a genuine interest in Biology

• Are motivated to study in your own time

What qualifications do I need?

You need to have a GCSE grade 6 in Core and Additional Science, or a grade 6 in Biology GCSE. As well as grade 6 minimum in Maths and grade 5 in English.

What does the course involve?

Year 12

Module 1: Foundations in Biology Cell structure, cell division, cell diversity and organisation. Biological molecules.

Module 2: Exchange and Transport Exchange surfaces, transport in plants and animals.

Module 3: Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease Classification, evolution and biodiversity. Diseases and the immune system.

Year 13

Module 4: Communication, Homeostasis and Energy Nerves and hormones, excretion, photosynthesis and respiration.

Module 5: Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems Cells, variation and meiosis; biotechnology and the science of cloning and genomics; ecosystems and sustainability.

How will my work be assessed?

There will be three final examinations at the end of Year 13.

What can I do afterwards?

This course can lead on to further studies in Biological Sciences, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Medicine. It will give a good grounding for any further work in Science.

EXAM BOARD > OCR

CHEMISTRY – A LEVEL

 

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?

You need to have a GCSE grade 6 in Combined Science, or a grade 6 in Chemistry GCSE as well as grade 5 minimum in Maths and English.

WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?

The course consists of six modules combined with a Practical Endorsement.

Module 1: Development of Practical Skills

Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry    

Module 3: Periodic Table and Energy

Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry.

Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition elements

Module 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis

 

The topics studied are widely inter-linked and the developing patterns are a distinguishing feature of this subject. Practical work is used throughout the course to illustrate concepts and to develop technical and investigative skills.

 

WHAT EXAM BOARD IS USED?

OCR

HOW WILL MY WORK BE ASSESSED?

There will be three written papers at the end of Year 13:

  • Paper 1 assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5
  • Paper 2 assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6
  • Paper 3 assesses the content from Modules 1 to 6.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTERWARDS?

Studying chemistry opens up many career opportunities: chemistry, biology, physics, medicine, engineering, dentistry, forestry, veterinary science, agricultural science, biochemistry, biotechnology, food science, pathology. If you want any science-based career, then Chemistry keeps your options open.  Potential employers value the analytical and conceptual skills developed during the study of Chemistry. Such skills, coupled with the ability to work in a meticulous and accurate manner, enable Chemistry students to pursue careers within, or outside, the vast area of Science.

Is this course for me?

Yes if you tick all of these boxes:

• like problem solving

• have good mathematical skills

• enjoy finding out why things are the way they are

• are willing to work hard and complete all class-based and home-based tasks

• are self-motivated

• enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Maths, Engineering)

• like a challenge

What qualifications do I need?

• Level 6 in GCSE Core and Additional Science

or

• Level 6 in Physics GCSE/iGCSE/Certificate

and

• Level 6 in GCSE Maths

• Level 6 in GCSE English

What does the course involve?

The Y12 course is very interesting, covering many of the basics about the rules of our universe. The Y13 topics are even more rewarding, covering some even more ‘glamorous’ areas of Physics and introducing more of the applications of Physics.

In Year 12 you will study:

• Measurements and their errors

• Particles and radiation

• Waves

• Mechanics and materials

• Electricity

In Year 13 you will study:

• Further mechanics and thermal physics

• Fields and their consequences

• Nuclear physics

Plus one of the following optional topics to be decided by teachers and students:

• Astrophysics

• Medical physics

• Engineering physics

• Turning points in physics

• Electronics

How will my work be assessed?

You will be given weekly homework that uses questions related to the work you have done in lessons. These are sometimes extended, or repeated practice, or past-paper exam questions. You will also keep a logbook of the six ‘Required Practicals’. These will be tested in Paper 2 (though there is no official ‘coursework’, 15-30% of this paper will relate to the Required Practicals) Examinations Full A level 3 x 2 hour papers, no coursework tasks or controlled assessments.

What can I do afterwards?

Physics is the route to so many careers, from predicting climate change to designing computer games. Just a few of the possible career paths include Pyrotechnician, Particle Physicist, Astrophysicist, Surgeon, Aeronautical Engineer, Sound Engineer, Clinical Scientist, Solar Energy Physicist, Accountancy and Teaching, in fact any role that requires a high degree of numeracy and/or a deeper understanding of the laws of Physics. More career ideas at www.physics.org/careers

EXAM BOARD > AQA