Unit 1: (Yr12) Principles and Applications of Science (Externally assessed- January exam). Unit 2: (Yr12) Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (Internally assessed through assignments). Unit 3: (Yr13) Science Investigation skills (Externally assessed). Unit 8: (Yr 13) Physiology of Human Body Systems (Internally assessed through assignments)
This course will be taught in a laboratory with a teacher. You will be expected to make an active contribution to whatever you are working on, whether it be group-based or independent work: assignments will include both written and practical work. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions and regular practical work which has to be carried out safely. BTEC science students have lots of work to complete outside the classroom to prepare for assignments and write up scientific investigations. Students enjoy getting regular feedback from their assignments which determines which grade they will be working towards.
Unit 1 is an external assessment consisting of three 40 minutes exams (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Unit 2 is based on a portfolio of work completed in College and through independent learning. Unit 3 is an undisclosed practical that is carried out under supervision to gather data. This information is taken into a 1 hour exam to assess data handling and scientific investigation skills. This is 30% of final grade. Finally Unit 8 is worth 20% which is defined as 3 assignments.
In addition to the standard College entry requirements (see our prospectus) students should have GCSE grades ‘5 5’ in Combined Science and at least a grade ‘5’ in Mathematics before starting the course.
The requirements of the qualification will mean that learners develop the transferable and higher order skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers. The practical experience you gain will be invaluable to begin careers such as a trainee laboratory technician in industries such as contract analysis, oil, biopharmaceuticals, water treatment, and polymers. Employers in these industries will appreciate your ability to follow written scientific procedures and your desire to ensure accuracy by using techniques correctly.