The course consists of four units, three that are mandatory and one that is optional.
• Principles and Applications of Science - In this unit you will cover key principles of Biology, Chemistry and Physics extending on your knowledge from Key Stage 4.
• Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques - In this unit you will be introduced to quantitative laboratory techniques, calibration, chromatography, calorimetry and laboratory safety which are relevant to chemical and life science industries.
• Science Investigation Skills - In this unit you will cover the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation: how to record, interpret, draw conclusions and evaluate.
We encourage all our students to undertake work experience to allow them to make links between what they learn in the classroom and how it can apply to various job roles in the real world. Students have previously completed work experience at Pfizer, which has then led to them completing apprenticeships after A levels there. Students are also offered extra-curricular activities such as trips and visits.
• Optional - This is an optional unit which will be decided upon with consultation with the student to match their needs. Some of the units that are available include Physiology of Human Body Systems, Biological Molecules and Metabolic pathways, Diseases and Infections, Astronomy and Space Science, Applications of Inorganic Chemistry.
The course is assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.
Principles and Applications of Science 1 is assessed in three 40-minute exams, one in each discipline of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Science Investigation Skills is assessed within the lab in two parts, one of which involves carrying out a practical and the other a written paper analysing the results of the practical.
The Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques and the optional units are both assessed by completing a range of practical and written assignments.
2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades 9-4 including English, Maths and Single Science (Minimum Grade 5) or Combined Science (minimum 5-5)
Skills gained will provide a broad introduction to Science and will allow students to develop technical and practical skills. It is recognised by universities for entry into a range of courses including nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, other health care courses, sport related courses and vocational science courses.