Applied Science Curriculum

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

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Year 12

BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science (Applied Biology)

Autumn Term

Unit 1 Fundamentals of science

Learners will develop vocational practical skills and knowledge of techniques through carrying out practical investigations. These include general skills such as handling and setting up laboratory apparatus; carrying out risk analysis; safely following laboratory procedures and processes; recording and analysing data; and communication skills in recording and using information. Equipment and apparatus for more specific uses will include volumetric equipment, microscopes and simple calorimeters.

Assignment 1 begins w/c 02/11/15
Assignment 2 begins w/c 28/09/15
Assignment 3 begins w/c 11/01/16
Assignment 4 begins w/c 19/10/15

Spring Term

Unit 4 Scientific practical techniques

The ability to sample and test substances and materials is important in many branches of industry, in research work and in forensic science. In order to do this, learners need to be able to select and use appropriate instruments for the work being carried out. In this unit they will gain experience of a range of instruments and their use. As a result of scientific advances, new drugs have revolutionised healthcare, and new forensic techniques have led to accurate and swift conviction of criminals and solved crimes from the past. In sport, new materials developed by scientists have enabled athletes to break world records, going faster, higher and further than ever before. Practical techniques are the basis of many other science-related industries, including environment, conservation, animal health and breeding, food manufacturing, engineering and aerospace.

Summer Term

Unit 11 Physiology of human body systems

Learners will focus on each of the systems as a functioning unit, identifying the organs that make up the system and the tissues that comprise them. They will learn to recognise the link between structure and function of cells, and in so doing, understand the organisation of normal tissue, which they can compare with diseased tissue found in many common illnesses. They will also learn the clinical signs when things go wrong with the body. Learners will conduct experiments and use apparatus in order to investigate how the various human physiology systems work. They will interpret data and draw conclusions, much the same as a laboratory technician might do.

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Year 13 A Level (exam board: OCR)

Autumn Term

Teacher 1: Investigating the Scientist’s Work (portfolio) – preliminary practical tasks, planning and carrying out student’s own investigation, calculation and write-up. Assessment is ongoing.

Teacher 2: The Mind and the Brain (portfolio) – research and draft student’s own method, decide how data will be displayed and what calculations will need to be done. Assessment is ongoing.

Teacher 3: Working Waves (examined unit) – electromagnetic spectrum, thermal imaging, X-rays and Gamma-rays. Assessment w/c 5th October.

Spring Term

Teacher 1: Investigating the Scientist’s Work (portfolio) – continue with practical tasks, calculations and write-up. Assessment is ongoing.

Teacher 2: The Mind and the Brain (portfolio) – conduct research, complete calculations and evaluation of research. Assessment is ongoing.

Teacher 3: Working Waves (examined unit) – refraction, total internal reflection, optic fibres, digital communication. Mock exam w/c 7th March.

Summer Term

Teacher 1: Investigating the Scientist’s Work (portfolio) – final re-drafting of portfolio. Final hand in date will be at the end of April (tbc).

Teacher 2: The Mind and the Brain (portfolio) –– final re-drafting of portfolio. Final hand in date will be at the end of April (tbc).

Teacher 3: Working Waves (examined unit) – revision and preparation for exam.

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