Key Concepts in Science
An opportunity to explore the key base areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics that impact our day to day lives
- Cell Membranes
- The Heart
- Periodic Table
- Amount of Substance
Applied Experimental Techniques
A chance to carry out investigations in an applied context using a range of different skills
- pecific Heat Capacity
Science in the Modern World
- Explore a changing topical issue that alters every time
- This is a skills based topic where you are provided with 4 sources before the exam and need to analyse and consider how the media is used to promote Science
Extended Certificate Course Content
The Human body
An opportunity to consider the wonder of the human body and look at how different systems work together
- Digestive System
- Skeletal System
- Muscle Systems
- The Blood
- The Nervous System
A chance to carry out your own practical investigation to solve a problem set by a client. This is a skills based piece of work.
A chance to learn about microorganisms, how they are used in society and the way that we culture them. There will be a large expected amount of practical work to learn how to cultivate, count and investigate factors that affect microorganisms.
- APSC01 – Key Concepts in Science – 1.5hrs – 60 marks
Taken in June of Year 1
- APSC03 – Science in the Modern World – 1.5hrs – 60 marks
Taken in January of Year 1
- APSC04 – The Human Body – 1.5hrs – 60 marks
Taken in January of Year 2
- APSC02 – Applied Experimental Techniques – 25 marks
Submitted in June of Year 1
- APSC05 – Investigating Science – 25 marks
Submitted in June of Year 2
- APSC6a – Microbiology – 25 marks
Submitted in June of Year 2
Marking and Feedback
Feedback and improvement tasks will be given after each marked piece of work for the exams, including assessments. Students will use self- and peer-assessment of their work through the use of out green and purple pens. Teachers will indicate what work will and will not be marked in order to give the students a clear idea of what is expected of them.
Coursework is marked based on examboard guidelines which means there is only one entry for each coursework piece by a deadline. The marking is summative in nature and no formative feedback is allowed. Pupils may re-enter coursework once if necessary – but they cannot be told what to improve, only what they achieved.
Setting in the Applied General in Science
As this is an Option block there is not setting for Applied Science and all students at all levels work within the same groups. This is supported through careful differentiated delivery of the curriculum.
- Homework is set in line with the school policy. The normal length of homework should be a minimum of 4 hours per week
- Homework typically includes flipped learning to support pre-learning before lessons, practice exam questions, consolidation homework, creative tasks and wider reading. There will also be expected coursework tasks throughout the year with mandatory deadlines