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Thirsk School

& Sixth Form College

    BTEC Applied Science

    In BTEC Applied Science we study the following :

    BTEC Applied Science provides a course of study suitable for pupils who are able to work independently to produce a portfolio of evidence which is assessed throughout the course. The external end of course assessment only counts for 25% of the final mark

    Year 10

    • following the course 'BTEC principles of applied science'
    • completing four units in all, the first unit is a general Science unit which lays the foundation for what follows
    • studying the subsequent three units which are divided along traditional subject line
    • studying prescribed content and tasks in those units, followed by one or two tasks that challenge us to apply knowledge and skills to real life situations
    • appreciating the relevance of the science we have learnt with the real life nature of the scenarios to motivate us

    Year 11

    • following the course 'BTEC applications of science'
    • mirroring the year 10 course in the structure of the year 11 course
    • emphasizing on practical investigations and reporting

    Assessment :

    • the assessment regime in both years is identical
    • units 2, 3 & 4 are assessed through two or three assignments, completed at various times throughout the course
    • assignments are graded at pass, merit or distinction
    • unit 1 is assessed through an external examination which is sat at the end of the year
    • overall level is an average of the performance across all four units
    • students must pass the exam to gain a merit or distinction

    Learning beyond the classroom :

    • use the internet for research
    • reading and making use of posters, advertisement, fliers that come from shops, energy companies, and the health and welfare authorities
    • watching programs about hospitals, paramedics, forensic science, nature and farming
    • talking to family and friends who work in these and related areas

    Teachers of BTEC Applied Science :

    Mrs K Walsh - Head of Department

    Mr G Pentland - Head of Sixth Form 

    Miss G Dolan - Head of Year 10

    Mr S Lee

    Dr D Evans

    Mrs R Elliott - SENCo                            

    Mrs S King