This course develops students’ scientific skills, knowledge and understanding and stretches them to apply these to a scientific setting. It will hone students’ cognitive and problem-solving skills, along with improving their ability to communicate effectively. The self-management and resilience required for this course will provide an excellent basis to enter higher education or employment. This challenging course covers in-depth aspects in biology, chemistry and physics. The variety of topics range from detailed cell structure to periodicity and properties of elements, as well as the use of waves in communication. Students will explore a range of practical chemistry techniques and deduce conclusions and evaluations from results they have independently produced.
This course combines well for those students studying linear courses, as 40% is internally assessed portfolio and 60% examination exams are taken in January of Year 12 and Year 13 to reduce the exam demand at the end of Year 13.
Unit 1 - Principles and Applications of Science
Unit 2 - Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques.
Unit 3 - Science Investigative Skills, 1 Unit - internally assessed portfolio.
Unit 8 – Phycology of Human Body systems
All units are equally weighted:
Unit 1 - Externally assessed examination – 25%
Unit 2 - Internally assessed coursework - 25%
Unit 3 - Externally assessed examination – 33%
Unit 8 – Internally assessed coursework – 17%
Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics, with grade 4, 4 in Combined Science
This qualification carries UCAS points and can therefore be used alongside a range of both A Level and BTEC subjects. For example, taken alongside A Level in Psychology and BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport to progress to sport psychology courses. It can also be used alongside the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care to progress to nursing courses.