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Applied ScienceCourse TitleApplied ScienceAwarding BodyEdexcelCourse LevelBTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate2 YearCourse DescriptionThe BTEC Level 3 Certificate and ExtendedCertificate in Applied Science are vocationalqualifications. The course is designed to givelearners the knowledge, understanding andtechnical skills to prepare them for employment orto continue their study in higher education. Thecontent is divided up into manageable sized topicsallowing the learning of new and existing conceptsto be secured before developing the skill ofapplication. This style of course will enable tolearners who prefer portfolio based assessment;students will have to be committed throughout asthe grading is through continuous assessment.Course ContentThe course requires students to study aspects ofBiology, Chemistry and Physics. The coursedevelops students’ scientific knowledge andpractical skills, as well as introducing new areas.Over the year students will study modules in:Fundamentals of science, Scientific PracticalTechniques, Scientific Application.The course develops students’ scientific knowledgeand practical skills, as well as introducing new areas. Students complete compulsory units inPrinciples and Applications of Science 1 and alsoPractical Scientific Procedures and Techniques.Students completing the extended certificate mustalso complete a Science Investigation Skills unit.AssessmentPrinciples and applications of Science 1 is a 1 hour30 minutes written exam set and marked byEdexcel. The paper is split into three sections,Biology, Chemistry and Physics that are eachworth 1/3 of the grade.There are 4 assignments in the first year and afurther 4 assignments in the second year.Students will complete a practical assessment andwritten exam in the second year.Progression RoutesBTEC Level 3 Certificate and Extended Certificatein Applied Science is a good academic optionwhich combines well with many other subjects,science and non-science based. The course canlead to employment within a science laboratoryenvironment, or can be used as a steppingstoneinto a whole range of careers, e.g. lab technician,forensic scientist, botanist, and medical physicist.Entry RequirementsTo allow success in this interesting and challengingcourse students are required to have an entry of atleast a level 4 at GCSE Science or a Distinction inBTEC Science, with the additional of at least alevel 4 in GCSE Maths.(All courses are subject to change dependent on studentuptake and suitability)

Art and DesignCourse TitleArt and Design : Fine ArtAwarding BodyAQACourse LevelA Level - 2 YearCourse DescriptionThe A Level in Art and Design provides studentswith the opportunity to develop personalresponses to ideas, observations, experiences,environments and cultures in practical, critical andcontextual forms. The flexibility of the course allowsstudents to work from their strengths in order toproduce an extended collection of work based onan idea, concept, theme or issue whichdemonstrates the students’ ability to sustain workfrom an initial starting point.Course ContentStudents will produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more area includingpainting, drawing, mixed-media, sculpture, land art,installation, printmaking, film, animation, television,video and photography: lens-based and/orlight-based media.Assessment2 year A Level:Year 12 work is mainly skills development inpreparation for year 13, Personal Investigation, supported by a1000-3000 word essay – 60% Externally set assignment project, with 15hour exam – 40%Progression RoutesThe successful completion of an A Level in Art andDesign will help to lay an appropriate foundation forfurther study of Art and Design or relatedsubjects in Higher Education. In addition, it issuitable for the diverse range of candidates whowish to develop their interest in and enjoyment ofArt and Design, and its value in lifelong learning.Entry RequirementsStudents must have undertaken GCSE Artand Design and achieved a level 4 or above.(All courses are subject to change dependent on studentuptake and suitability)

Art and DesignCourse TitleArt and Design : PhotographyAssessmentAwarding Body2 year A Level:AQAYear 12 work is mainly skills development inpreparation for year 13,Course LevelA Level - 2 YearCourse DescriptionThe A Level in Art and Design: Photographyprovides students with the opportunity to developpersonal responses to ideas, observations,experiences, environments and cultures inpractical, critical and contextual forms. Theflexibility of the course allows students to workfrom their strengths in order to produce an extended collection of photographic work based on anidea, concept, theme or issue which demonstratesthe students’ ability to sustain work from an initialstarting point. Personal Investigation, supported by a1000-3000 word essay – 60% Externally set assignment project, with 15hour exam – 40%Progression RoutesThe successful completion of an A Level in Artand Design: Photography will help to lay anappropriate foundation for further study ofPhotography or related subjects in HigherEducation such as Art, Graphic Design, Media orMarketing. In addition, it is suitable for the diverserange of candidates who wish to develop theirinterest in and enjoyment of photography.Course ContentStudents will investigate a range of artists andphotographers, learn a range of differentphotography and editing techniques, developcreative thinking and analytical skills andrespond to given titles in order to generate a bodyof developmental work and outcomes. Studentswill be required to undertake regular independentphotoshoots outside of school to ensure a creativeportfolio, which will help students to get the highermarks.Entry RequirementsStudents must have access to a DSLR cameraoutside of school.Students must have undertaken GCSEPhotography and achieved a 4 or above, in orderto ensure an understanding of the skillsinvolved and the creative process.(All courses are subject to change dependent onstudent uptake and suitability)

BiologyCourse TitleBiologyAwarding BodyAQAulations, evolution and ecosystems and finally Thecontrol of gene expression. There are a further 6compulsory practical's that need to be completed inaddition to other practical's to support yourlearning.Course LevelA Level - 2 yearAssessmentCourse DescriptionThroughout the course students will be providedwith continuous support, guidance and examinationpractice to allow them to succeed duringassessment.Biology is an exciting course where key conceptswithin the natural living world are studied andinvestigated. The content is divided up intomanageable sized topics allowing the learning ofnew and existing concepts to be secured beforedeveloping the skill of application. Biologicalstudies are continuously expanding in the modernworld with new developments being discovered allof the time. Taking Biology can provide an entryinto a range of higher education routes (not justscience based) and can support many employmentopportunities.Course ContentYear 12 : Students will complete four topics in theirfirst year of study comprising Biologicalmolecules, Cells, Organisms exchange substanceswith their environment and finally GeneticInformation, variation and relationships betweenorganisms. There are 6 compulsory practical's thatneed to be completed in addition to other practical'sto support your learning.Year 13 : Students will complete a further 4 unitsentitled Energy transfers in and between organisms. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments, genetics,pop-A2 – 3 exam papers, each 2 hours long and youshall be assessed on your practical skills.Progression RoutesA Level Biology is a good academic option whichcombines well with many other subjects, scienceand non-science based, providing a firm foundationfor those who wish to continue to higher education.Biology is necessary for many careers, includingForensic Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacology, Veterinary Science and Marine Biology. Manyemployers, for those who wish to seekemployment, also hold it in high regard.Entry RequirementsGCSE level 6 in Science/Biology, English andMathematics.(All courses are subject to change dependent on studentuptake and suitability)

BusinessCourse TitleBusinessAwarding BodyEdexcelManagement. The topics will be determined by theinterests of the majority of the students at the startof the course, though some are mandatoryAssessmentCourse LevelBTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate2 YearTwo units in year 12 and a further three units inyear 13. One unit is a mandatory assessment taskCourse DescriptionProgression RoutesStudents will learn how a business might evolve.From a small start-up business to a largemultinational organisation, students will consider arange of different business types and gain anunderstanding of how the choice of business typemight affect the objectives that are set. Studentswill also look at the internal workings ofbusinesses, including their internal structure andhow different functional areas work together.Students can go onto study business at universityor may choose to enter into a businessapprenticeship ranging from marketing, HR, adminto operations. Some students may also considerrunning their own business; there is a stronginfluence of entrepreneurship on the courseEntry RequirementsLevel 4 in Maths and English Language.Course ContentThere is a range of units to choose from, includingThe Business Environment; Working in Business,Business Decisions, Customers andCommunication, Marketing and Market Research,Human Resources, Accounting and Resource(All courses are subject to change dependent on studentuptake and suitability)

Food Science & NutritionCourse TitleLevel 3 Applied Diploma Food Science & NutritionAwarding BodyWJECCourse LevelLevel 3 Diploma - 2 yearAssessmentWritten examination and internally assessedassignments 2 written exams Graded synoptic assessmentFinal grade awarded - PASS/MERIT/DISTINCTION/DISTINCTION*Course DescriptionThis is a new qualification which provides studentswith the opportunity to develop their understandingof food, science and nutrition. This course will helpstudents to develop menus, food products andpolicies that support healthy eating initiatives. It hasbeen designed to offer exciting, interestingexperiences that focus learning for 16 - 19 year oldlearners through applied learning, i.e. through theacquisition of knowledge and understanding inpurposeful, work-related contexts, linked to thefood production industry.Progression RoutesCourse ContentEntry RequirementsStudents will complete three units over the twoyear qualification in the following areas:GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition level 4 orabove Meeting Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat Experimenting to Solve Food Production Problems Current issues in food science and nutritionProgression to a food degree course in nutrition orpublic health. It could also lead to employment infood science/public health. BSc Food and Nutrition BSc Human Nutrition BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology(All courses are subject to change dependent on studentuptake and suitability)

ChemistryCourse TitleChemistryAwarding BodyAQACourse LevelA Level - 2 yearCourse DescriptionChemistry is the science of matter; everything wetouch, taste, smell, see and feel is made ofchemicals. The content is divided up intomanageable sized topics allowing the learning ofnew and existing concepts to be secured beforedeveloping the skill of application. Chemists’investigations are continuously expanding in themodern world by transforming the everydaymaterials around us into amazing things. TakingChemistry can provide an entry into a range ofhigher education routes (not just science based)and can support many employment opportunities.Course ContentYear 12 : Students will complete threeexaminable units. The AS course containsquestions on physical, organic and inorganiccontent. You will further study atomic structure,bonding, energetics, periodicity and an introductionto organic chemistry.Year 13 : Students will complete threeexaminable units. Students go in to further depth intheir organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.Topics that are covered in A level arethermodynamics, rate equations, electrodepotentials, transition metals, nuclear magneticresonance spectroscopy and an introduction toaromatic chemistry.AssessmentThroughout the course students will be providedwith continuous support, guidance and examinationpractice to allow them to succeed duringassessment.A2 – 3 exam papers, each 2 hours long and youshall be assessed on your practical skills.Progression RoutesA Level Chemistry is a good academic optionwhich combines well with many other subjects,science and non-science based, providing a firmfoundation for those who wish to continue to highereducation. Chemistry is necessary for manycareers, including Forensic Chemistry, Medicine,Chemical Engineering, Food and FlavourChemistry and many more. Many employers, forthose who wish to seek employment, also hold it inhigh regard.Entry RequirementsGCSE level 6 in Science/Chemistry, English andMathematics.(All courses are subject to change dependent on studentuptake and suitability)

3D Craft & DesignCourse TitleA Level Art and Design: 3D - Craft & DesignAwarding BodyAQACourse LevelAssessment2 year A Level:Year 12 work is mainly skills development inpreparation for year 13, Personal Investigation, supported by a1000-3000 word essay – 60% Externally set assignment project, with 15hour exam – 40%A Level - 2 YearCourse Des