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Science

Croeso i’r adran Gwyddioniath Ysgol Glan-y-Môr.

Welcome to the Glan-y-Môr School Science department.

AIMS OF THE SUBJECT

Whenever and wherever we look it is possible to see that the world in which we live is a wonderful place filled with all kinds of creatures, objects and phenomena that we naturally wish to explore, explain and understand. The deeper we look the more we know.

From 2015, at Ysgol Glanymor we will be offering the new BTEC First Award in Applied Science, designed to reflect the broad spectrum of science learning that is necessary in a modern world. This course is fully approved and ratified by the Welsh Assembly Government and holds full equivalency with all other Level 2 (‘GCSE equivalent’) courses throughout the UK and further.

The course takes into account the unique nature of Applied Science, spanning and linking three disciplines (physics, chemistry and biology), rather than just concentrating upon the traditional three individual areas.

To ensure sufficient breadth and depth of learning, BTEC Applied Science will feature two Awards over two years:

  • Year 10:  Principles of Applied Science Award
  • Year 11   Application of Science Award

The Principles of Applied Science Award starting late in Year 9 covers the key scientific principles vital for both scientists and citizens of the future. It develops and exemplifies these principles in applied and vocational contexts, leading to an understanding of how the principles are applied in practice.

The Application of Science Award is suitable for students who have successfully completed the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study, it is anticipated that the pupils who have embarked upon the Principles of Applied Science Award will move seamlessly into this course in Year 11. It develops students' understanding of key applications of science, and builds the skills required both for the scientific workplace and for further study.

This structure mirrors the structure for GCSE Science and will allow the transfer from one scheme to the other.

  • It ensures breadth of science learning
  • it provides a straightforward structure 
  • it maximises progression opportunities for learners into employment or further learning both within and outside the field of science.

Assessment Summary

The assessment of the Award is in two parts over the two years of study.

Annually in years 10 and 11 there will be a one hour written exam that will be externally assessed. All other assessments occur internally at set, regular dates. There is a fortnightly timeframe between the setting and final assessment of each assignment with an interim assessment occurring after ten days.

Candidates are required to pass a series of units.

USEFUL RESOURCES

Due to the very nature of the subject and mode of study, pupils support their skills, understanding and knowledge by accessing and using a variety of online resources.  The following websites are of particular benefit:

The awarding body for the BTEC Applied Science qualifications.

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/applied-science-2012-nqf.html                            

The site contains all the information you are likely to need regarding all aspects of the course.

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/gcse/science     A resource and revision site for our Key Stage 4 pupils to prepare them for the written examinations. There are mobile and tablet applications offered as well.

http://hwb.wales.gov.uk                A bilingual all Wales virtual learning environment, that allows teachers and learners to access online resources anywhere, at any time, and from any internet enabled device.  Teachers and learners are able to create and share their own resources, to work collaboratively, and to have access to tools and content hosted across the web.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk       Thinkuknow is an education initiative by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre - a UK national law enforcement agency.  The Government website offers advice for parents on how to keep children safe online.  It also provides information and activities to inform young people about the dangers, and how they can use technology safely.

http://www.ted.com/  Immensely stimulating articles that impinge upon all aspects of our studies.

http://www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk/    STEM, a massive resource of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths resources. Glanymor regularly hosts STEM events.

 

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