Horsforth School Sixth Form Course Guide

The study of Ethics, Philosophy and Religion will equip students with the ability to read and argue critically, develop their communication skills and also give them a much clearer understanding of the world today. These skills are transferable and desirable in a host of careers and Higher Education. It is desirable in the fields of Teaching (both primary and secondary), Law and careers that involve working with members of the public. Entry requirements Grade 5 or above in GCSE RE and English APPLIED SCIENCE Subject Leader: Mr D Swinney This AQA course is designed for students who wish to study science at an advanced level without specialising in the more theoretically based A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Year 12 Unit 1 – Key concepts in science (33.3%) – Examination This unit gives students a broad understanding of the key concepts in science. Students will look at; the structure of animal and plant cells, transport mechanisms including the action of the heart, homeostasis, respiration, the periodic table, chemical formulae, structure and bonding of atoms, useful energy sources, electricity and circuits. Unit 2 – Applied experimental techniques (33.3%) – Portfolio In this unit students will observe how all experimental techniques should relate to their application in research and development for new pharmaceutical products, the quality control of existing products and the investigation of new materials, ecological investigations, and consideration of the most suitable material to use for a specific application. Students will carry out key biological assessment techniques and important chemical analysis methods including observing the rate of respiration and understanding how to perform a titration. Unit 3 – Science in the modern world (33.3%) – Examination with pre-release material Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the following key concepts and their applications: • topical scientific issues and the related scientific ideas • interpretation of both textual and numerical scientific information from the media and demonstration of clear understanding of the content • processing of data acquired from the media and determining the usefulness and appropriateness of these data • presenting of data in an appropriate form Year 13 Unit 4 –The Human Body – Examination The aim of this unit is that learners develop an understanding of human anatomy and physiology, building on their knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum KS4 Science subject content gained in previous studies. Content includes the structure and function of the digestive system, the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. Unit 5 – Investigating Science – Portfolio Scientists are responsible for developments in industries which provide both services and products, such as pharmaceuticals, automotive, construction, food production, radiology and countless others.The context of the investigation will enable learners to use their knowledge and skills in carrying out a scientific investigation that relates to science in the real world. Students will plan and carry out an experimental procedure and collect, record and represent data appropriately. Unit 6 – Optional unit from a choice of 3 (microbiology, medical physics, or organic chemistry) – Portfolio The biotechnology industry employs scientists and technicians to carry out research, product development and scientific testing which requires knowledge and understanding of microbiology and the associated practical techniques. Learners will carry out practical investigation that draws together the knowledge and understanding developed in Unit 1 and the skills demonstrated in Units 2 and 5. Please note – if you are studying A Level Applied Science and not studying A Level Mathematics then we recommend taking Quantitative Reasoning as a 4th option. Opportunity and achievement for all | Horsforth School Sixth Form 17

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