Beyond compulsory study of science for all students many opt following their success at GCSE to stay at Jesmond park and elect to continue science study. Some select based on the necessity for their university courses, some due to the facilitating nature of the subjects allowing them to keep their options open and others merely as they thoroughly enjoyed their study through the lower years.
We offer 4 courses at post 16. 3 traditional A level science courses and a level 3 extended Btec certificate which offers A level equivalence for university application.
All courses have had their curriculum content sequenced to allow challenge, understanding and layers of knowledge to increase over time alongside vital scientific practical and study skills.
BTEC Level 3 Extended National Certificate in Applied Science
The BTEC NCF Level 3 qualification is designed to provide highly specialist, work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. The qualifications provide progression opportunities to higher education, degree and professional development programmes within the same or related areas of study, within universities and other institutions or straight out to employment opportunities.
This BTEC qualification provides students with ample opportunity to develop lab and investigation skills that will help prepare them for future pathways in jobs such as nursing, physiotherapy, lab assistant and midwifery. They attract UCAS points that equate to similar-sized general qualifications within education institutions within the UK.
Year 1 (BTEC Certificate)
Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I
This unit allows learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of core concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which provide a strong basis for anyone wanting to progress in any science-related career. Topics covered include the study of the chemistry of the elements, the structure and function of cells and tissues as well as the use of waves in communication. This is an externally assessed exam, worth 50% of this year, which the students will sit in the summer.
Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
This unit allows learners to develop their practical skills in core laboratory techniques. Learners will have the opportunity to become proficient in carrying out titrations, colorimetry, calorimetry, and thin layer chromatography. The skills developed in this unit will help learners develop their confidence in carrying out laboratory-based work in their future studies in Higher Education and industry. This is a coursework module, internally assessed, worth 50% of this year.
Successful completion of the course in Year 12 allows students to carry on and complete the Level 3 Extended Certificate which is one GCE A Level equivalent.
Year 2 (BTEC Extended Certificate)
Unit 3: Scientific Investigation Skills
This unit allows learners to build upon and extend their science skills and knowledge from Units 1 and 2 as well as in carrying out scientific investigations. Learners will develop their knowledge of plants and the environment, enzymes, the movement of molecules, the energy content of fuels, and electrical circuits, in addition to their skills in carrying out a scientific investigation. This an externally assessed unit, which the students will sit in January of year 13, worth 66% of this year.
- Physiology of Human Body Systems
- Human Regulation and Reproduction
- Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
- Genetics and Genetic Engineering
- Diseases and Infections
- Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
- Applications of Organic Chemistry
- Electrical Circuits and their Application
- Astronomy and Space Science
The students will then complete 3 pieces of coursework in their chosen option module worth 33% of this year.
Entry requirements A minimum of two 5 grades in Science. Students must also have GCSE Maths and English to grade 5 standard.