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Course Information

Below you will find more information about each of the courses that Hele's offers for post 16 study

 

Applied Science - BTEC Level 3
 

Qualifications

Exam Board : Pearson

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science (equivalent to one A-Level)

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science (360GLH) 601/7436/S

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 (including English and Maths).  A minimum of 2 grade 5’s in Science.

 

Skills Required

An interest in everything scientific, an ability to methodically carry out practical work safely and carefully and the ability to work to deadlines are essential for this course. Good research and presentation skills are necessary for the portfolio based assignments, along with proficient IT skills. You will need to be highly self-motivated, have resilience, and be able to work  independently and also as part of a small group.

 

Course Outline

BTEC National qualifications provide a broad introduction that gives students transferable knowledge and skills. The qualification is best suited for students who want to continue their education through applied learning. The qualifications prepare students for a range of higher education courses and job roles related to a particular sector, such as medical and forensic sciences. The course assessment involves 4 units, 3 of which are mandatory plus an additional optional unit. The assessment takes the form of a combination of internal assignment and external examinations.

Qualifications in the suite are graded using a scale of Pass, Merit, Distinction to Distinction*.

 

Student Testimony

Quotes from our end of year 12 survey

 “There were plenty of resources available, which helped the revision a lot.”

“The quality of teaching was very good. I found the lessons interesting and got the individual attention I needed.”

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

BTEC students benefit from opportunities for deep learning where they are able to make connections between units and select areas of interest for detailed study. BTEC National in Applied Science provide a vocational context in which learners can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular degree courses, such as medical and forensic sciences. Students are given the opportunity to explore, through the optional units, a particular area of science if they wish, to support progression to applied science courses in higher education, and to link with relevant occupational areas.

 

Year 12

Unit 1

Principles and Applications of Science 1

1 hour 30 minutes written exam

50% of AS

3 x 40 minute exam

1 x Physics, 1 x Chemistry, 1 x Biology

 

Unit 2

Practical  Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Internally assessed through an assignment portfolio

 

Year 13

Unit 3

Science Investigation Skills

A task set and marked externally under supervised condition.

An internal supervised assessment

3 hours for Part A and 1 hour 30 minutes for Part B

Marked externally

 

Unit 4

Physiology of Human Body Systems

 

Biology
 

Qualifications

Exam board: OCR H420 (A2)

A Level in Biology (two year course only)

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 (including English and Maths).  A minimum of 2 grade 6’s in Science. Past results we would review attainment in each scientific discipline.

 

Skills Required

You will need to be well motivated and committed to be successful on this course. An interest in Biology is essential of course, but aspects of the syllabus require some understanding of chemistry and competence in Mathematics. There is also a fair amount of practical work, some of which needs to be completed and recorded in a practical file over the two year A level course for the practical endorsement.

 

Course Outline

The modules include many of the popular topics covered in GSCE Science/Biology. Practical skills are integrated within the theoretical work and the course is extremely well resourced including text books and the Kerboodle online package. During the two years visits to the University, Wembury Marine Reserve and Dartmoor Wildlife Park are arranged.

 

In addition to terminal examinations students will carry out a practical endorsement for Biology.

 

Student Testimony

Quote from the end of year 12 survey:

 “Biology is challenging and rewarding.  It involves lots of Mathematics and reading outside the lesson to pass.”

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

Biology is relevant! From human health and medicines to genetics and the environment, you will find something to interest you. There are many higher education and career opportunities. It is obviously a passport to biologically based courses and careers like medicine, nursing, veterinary science, sports studies, psychology, forensics, teaching, conservation and many more, but also to other courses and career pathways where a science qualification will always have 'currency’. 

Multiple choice, structured and extended questions covering theory and practical skills

 

Year 13 Exams

Paper 1 - Biological Processes

Multiple choice, structured and extended questions covering theory and practical skills

2 hour 15 minute written examination

37% of A level

Paper 2 - Biological Diversity

Multiple choice, structured and extended questions covering theory and practical skills

2 hour 15 minute written examination

37% of A Level

Paper 3 - Unified Biology

Structured and extended questions covering theory and practical skills

1½ hour written examination

26% of A Level

Business
 

Qualifications

Exam board: Edexcel A Level Business

A Level Business (two year course only)

 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 passes at grade 5 (including English and Maths).  A minimum of a grade 5 in Business.  If Business is not studied at GCSE a grade 5 in Maths and Science is required.

 

Skills Required

With Business being a living and fast changing subject, this course is ideally suited to those students who excel at research and independent study.

Therefore, the most important attributes needed to take Business are a positive attitude, self‐motivation and organisation, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate those ideas effectively to accept a challenge and take a risk. Critical and analytical skills are used to evaluate a student's own work and that of others.

Business is front‐page news. The way companies operate is under greater scrutiny than ever before, while TV programmes like The Apprentice and Dragon’s Den have raised the profile of business to a new generation.  Our aim is to bring the subject to life, enabling students to engage with, explore and understand business behaviour and develop a critical understanding of what business is, what it does and why it does it.

 

Course Outline

This was a reformed A level for first teaching from September 2015.

The Business course covers elements of: Marketing, Production, Accountancy and Finance, Economics, Law and Human Resource Management.

 

Student Testimony

“Business is an important part of the world today and therefore Business Studies is a useful subject to do.”

 

“Many careers are business related, therefore putting you in good stead for the future.”

 

“Business Studies is an interesting subject, which is also mentally challenging and gives many useful skills.” 

 

Career Paths & Degree Courses

Almost every career has some element of business within it, and therefore the career opportunities after studying Business are almost unlimited. It will be relevant for all business related degrees such as Business, International Business, Management, Marketing and Human Resources. 

 

Year 12 and 13

Paper 1 - Marketing, people and global businesses

Sections A and B each comprise one data response question, broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response question.

The assessment is 2 hours - 35% of the total qualification

Paper 2 - Business activities, decisions and strategy

Sections A and B each comprise one data response question, broken down into a number of parts, including one extended open-response question.

The assessment is 2 hours - 35% of the total qualification

Paper 3 - Investigating business in a competitive environment

Section A will focus on the broad context provided in a pre-released document issued on our website in the November Year 13.  Section B will focus on at least one strand within the context provided.

Each section will contain unseen stimulus materials comprising quantitative and qualitative evidence.

The assessment comprises 2 questions - 30% of the total qualification

Chemistry
 

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Criminology
 

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Digital Media
 

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Drama and Theatre Studies
 

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English Literature
 

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Extended Project
 

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Fine Art
 

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Geography
 

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History
 

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Mathematics
 

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Media Studies
 

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Music
 

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Philosophy and Ethics
 

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Physics
 

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Sociology
 

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Spanish
 

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Travel and Tourism
 

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