Applied Science Curriculum

Applied Science is only available in the Sixth Form (Year 12 and Year 13 students).

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BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Year 12

Term 1

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Students will be taught the necessary skills and techniques for the practical tasks in this unit and will then have the opportunity to use them to complete their work. This is an internally assessed portfolio of work. It is comprised of four assignments, three of which have a practical element. Students will complete assignments on titrations and colorimetry, calorimetry and chromatography. They will then be expected to write a report giving details of each of the practical takes they have been set. This unit is worth a quarter of the overall qualification.

Term 2 and Term 3

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I

This is an externally assessed unit. It will have a 90 minute exam in the June of Year 12. The exam is split into three equal parts with the biology, chemistry and physics each accounting for 30 marks. Students can expect to study topics relating to cells in biology, the properties of the elements in the periodic table in chemistry and waves in physics. This unit is worth a quarter of the overall qualification.

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Year 13

Term 1

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills

This is an externally assessed unit. It will involve a three hour practical session where students follow a planned investigation. This unit also has a 90 minute exam where the students will use there practical results to answer a series of questions, they will also be expected to plan a short investigation. This assessment will take place in January or April in Year 13. This unit is worth a third of the overall grade.

Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems

This is an internally assessed unit. It consists of three assignments. This assignments in this unit are related to the impact of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, the physiology of the lymphatic system and the physiology of the digestive system. This unit is worth a sixth of the overall grade for the course.

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