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BTEC Applied Science

Applied Science opens the doors to a huge range of degree courses and career paths including:

·         Employment in the Applied Science Sector

·         Biotechnology

·         Scientific research

·         Optometry

·         Pharmaceuticals

·         Science Journalism


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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: BTEC
Exam Board:
Requirements: 2 x Grade 6 in any of the Sciences and a Grade 6 in Mathematics
Course Content

Applied science is a new course combining the three science disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will follow a very practical based course and learn how science is used to make a real difference in industry making them highly employable in the Applied Science field. For example:

·         Students will gain an understanding of atoms and electronic structure to allow them to predict how chemical substances will react in anything from fertilisers in the farming industry to fragrances in the perfume industry.

·         Students will learn how metals play an important role in the construction industry, in providing the structure to buildings, as well as in electrical wiring and the production of decorative features.

·         Students will be able to understand the structure and workings of cells to allow them to gain insight into the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses.

·         Students will learn how in the communication industry the electromagnetic spectrum is used when designing mobile phone and satellite communication, and fibre optics are used to transmit telephone and television signals.

Style Of Assessment

Students are assessed through a portfolio of coursework (42%) and external examination (58%)

Module 1: Principles and Applications of Science

Module 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Module 3: Science Investigation Skills

Module 4: TBC 

Whose kind of course?

This course is designed for students who wish to continue post-16 education through applied learning in the science sector, with the aim to progress to higher education.

Students will gain a deeper understanding of various topics introduced at GCSE, you will also develop various transferable skills such as:

·         Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology

·         Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation

·         Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development


Career Prospects

Applied Science opens the doors to a huge range of degree courses and career paths including:

·         Employment in the Applied Science Sector

·         Biotechnology

·         Scientific research

·         Optometry

·         Pharmaceuticals

·         Science Journalism


BTEC Health and Social Care

The subjects and transferable skills taught in BTEC Applied Psychology directly relate to the world of work and would give you a competitive advantage in psychology careers. Some options would include Child Care, Counselling, Mental Illness Work, Health Care, Teaching and Education, Human Resources, Social Work in the Criminal Justice Sector.

 The independent study skills developed on this course are advantageous for higher education due to the level of independent research required.

*Please note: some students wanting to go into nursing/midwifery should check university websites to see if they accept this course as different institutions have different views*


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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: BTEC
Exam Board: Pearson
Requirements: GCSE Grade 4 in English and Biology
Course Content

The BTEC Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care covers a wide range of topics including elements of Psychology and Sociology and applies these to real life settings such as early years’ education and residential care to name just a few.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care aims to provide an introduction the sector. It is for learners who are interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced study programme. It is equivalent in size to one A Level.

Students explore the human life span, with a particular focus on child development. They also look in detail at specific job roles in health and social care and learn how they work together. Students also create an individual care plan for a ‘client’ in a sector they are interested in.

Style Of Assessment

50% Exam, 50% Coursework


Mandatory Units

Optional (TBC based on students)

Unit 1 – The Human Life Span (exam)

Unit 2 – Working in Health and Social Care (exam)

Unit 3 – Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs (coursework)

Sociological Perspectives

Psychological Perspectives

Psychological Disorders and their care

Working with students with additional needs

Whose kind of course?

This course is designed for students who wish to continue post-16 education through applied learning in the health and social care sector, with the aim to progress to higher education, apprenticeship or a job role. There are opportunities to develop employability skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, adaptability and self-development.

The course suits students who work well independently and enjoy learning about human interactions.

Skills developed:

·         cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology

·         intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation

·         interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development

Career Prospects

The subjects and transferable skills taught in BTEC Applied Psychology directly relate to the world of work and would give you a competitive advantage in psychology careers. Some options would include Child Care, Counselling, Mental Illness Work, Health Care, Teaching and Education, Human Resources, Social Work in the Criminal Justice Sector.

 The independent study skills developed on this course are advantageous for higher education due to the level of independent research required.

*Please note: some students wanting to go into nursing/midwifery should check university websites to see if they accept this course as different institutions have different views*


BTEC Applied Psychology

The subjects and transferable skills taught in BTEC Applied Psychology directly relate to the world of work and would give you a competitive advantage in psychology careers. Some options would include Child Care, Counselling, Mental Illness Work, Health Care, Teaching and Education, Sports Psychology/Sports Therapy, Physiotherapy, Management, Biology, Work in the Criminal Justice Sector.

The independent study skills developed on this course are advantageous for higher education due to the level of independent research required.


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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: BTEC
Exam Board: Pearson
Requirements: Grade 4 in Maths, Science, English
Course Content

Psychology is the scientific study of minds and behaviour. As such, it is a part of our everyday lives. An understanding of human behaviour is fundamental to many jobs in society and these areas are explored in depth in the course.

Students will explore how psychological research is carried out as well as understanding the different psychological approaches including cognitive, biological and behavioural ideas. They will also investigate the causes of addiction and stress as well as explore treatment methods for a range of mental health conditions.

Course Requirement: An interest and passion for learning about people and desire to debate and discuss different viewpoints. A minimum of a Grade 4 in Science, English and Maths.


Style Of Assessment

Mandatory Units

 

1 – Psychological Approaches and Application (External Assessment)

 

2 – Psychological Research (Internal Assessment)

 

3 – Health Psychology (External Assessment)

 

 

Optional Units-

(Internal assessment) 1: Bu

1 unit out of the following:

-       Sports Psychology

-       Criminal Psychology

-       Psychopathology

-       Child Development


Students are assessed through written exams and project work as well as detailed pieces of course work and reports.

 

Whose kind of course?

This course is designed for students who wish to continue post-16 education through applied learning in the psychology sector, with the aim to progress to higher education. There are opportunities to develop employability skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, adaptability and self-development.

The course suits students who work well independently and enjoy learning about human interaction and child development as well as more specialised areas such as sports psychology and criminology.


Career Prospects

The subjects and transferable skills taught in BTEC Applied Psychology directly relate to the world of work and would give you a competitive advantage in psychology careers. Some options would include Child Care, Counselling, Mental Illness Work, Health Care, Teaching and Education, Sports Psychology/Sports Therapy, Physiotherapy, Management, Biology, Work in the Criminal Justice Sector.

The independent study skills developed on this course are advantageous for higher education due to the level of independent research required.


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BTEC Performing Arts

Direct links to drama school courses and careers in Performing Arts.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: BTEC
Exam Board: Pearson
Requirements: Grade 4 at GCSE is recommended (non-Performing Arts GCSE students will be considered)
Course Content

The three mandatory units focus on:

·         Research – critical analysis and extended writing skills that aim to support students’ progress to higher education. As possible performing arts practitioners, students will gain a good understanding of the work of influential practitioners to inform their own work and practice (Unit – Investigating Practitioners’ Work)

·         an induction into the performing arts – where students will develop the appropriate skills and techniques in various performance disciplines such as acting, dance, musical theatre and physical theatre (Unit – Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance)

·         Group performance – students will develop the essential psychomotor and affective skills essential for the performing arts. They will develop physical techniques, as well as wider transferable skills such as being able to work collaboratively, personal management and organisation (rehearsals, time management), being able to give and take direction, confidence in front of an audience, problem and team work (Unit – Group Performance Workshop).

 

Students select one optional unit to support choices in progression to performing arts and other courses in HE, and also cover acting, dance and musical theatre topics. Examples of the optional units include: classical ballet technique, street dance technique, acting styles, developing the voice for performance, and variety performance.

Style Of Assessment

Unit 1 externally marked, controlled assessment

Unit 2 internally marked,  written log and recorded performance

Unit 3 externally marked, written log and recorded performance

Optional Unit- internally marked, written log and recorded performance

Whose kind of course?

For those that would like to work in the Performing Arts Sector, as detailed in the Course Booklet.

Career Prospects
Direct links to drama school courses and careers in Performing Arts.
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