New Courses for 2017

BTEC National Certificate in Applied Science

Fact Focus.
Subject specific entry requirements.
Grade B or above in all 3 sciences or Grade B in Core and Additional Science

How the course is assessed.
Assignments, tasks and written exam

Exam board.
Edexcel – Pearson BTEC Nationals from 2016

Where does it lead?

If you are interested in studying a Science related degree course a BTEC in Applied Science together with a combination of A levels will allow access to courses ranging from Chemistry, Zoology, Physiotherapy and Biochemistry. 

Course overview

A BTEC in Applied Science gives students a strong core base of knowledge in the 3 sciences together with practical experience from real world assignments; it will also develop their teamwork, thinking skills and project management.

The course covers basic principles in all 3 sciences with taught elements from each of the 3 departments; topics include waves and communication (Physics); cell, tissues and organs (Biology); and periodicity and bonding (Chemistry).  This content will be examined via a written exam.   Much of the rest of the course covers practical techniques and their application, these are assessed via tasks set and marked by the exam board or assignments set and marked internally.  BTEC Nationals use a combination of assessment styles to give students the confidence they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace, and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career.

There is a BTEC Certificate in Applied Science which is equivalent to an AS, which you will complete in Year 12 and an Extended Certificate, equivalent to a full A level, which you will complete in Year 13.

You can expect to:
  • Undertake practical work, including planning, obtaining results, analysing and evaluating
  • Study the core knowledge needed in Chemistry, Biology and Physics
  • Work on real world assignments
  • Produce presentations about applications of science in the workplace
  • Visit a range of workplaces to see the application of theoretical concepts

Other useful information.

BTEC National qualifications are now recognised by over 95% of Universities and together with traditional A levels will allow access to a broad range of courses at a broad range of universities including Russell Group Universities.  It is worth noting that some vocational courses or highly competitive courses such as Medicine and Dentistry may not accept BTECs and therefore you must look carefully at the entry requirements of individual courses at different universities. Mrs Halestrap, Head of Sixth Form, will be able to advise you about such matters.

Certificate in Financial Studies

Fact Focus

Subject specific entry requirements.

Grade B or above in GCSE English
Grade C in Maths

How the course is assessed.
100% examination.

Exam board.
London Institute of Banking and Finance

Where does it lead?

This is a new course which encourages students to become responsible borrowers, sensible savers and the need for financial planning throughout their lives. This course combines well with GCE Business and Economics. This course can attract UCAS points and is suitable for those looking to go to university or do apprenticeships.

Course overview

Unit 1: Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term. Students will gain an appreciation of why money is important through focusing on what money is; attitudes to it; and how it can affect life choices. The unit also introduces the financial services industry by focusing on the interaction between money, personal finance and the financial services market place.

Unit 2: Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term. This will include topics such as, the key steps in financial planning, the consequences of an individual’s financial footprint on future financing and risk.

Unit 3: Sustainability of an Individual’s Finances and Unit 4: Sustainability of the Financial Services System. Units 3 and 4 are studied in Year 13.

You can expect to:

  • Learn about finance including private and public sector finance.
  • Investigate the implications of financial decisions from the perspective of a range of different stakeholder groups.
  • Undertake group work and independent study.
  • Develop literacy, numeracy, research and presentation skills.
  • Learn valuable life skills.


Students will undertake two exams at AS Level and four at Advanced Level comprising of multiple choice questions and essay questions based on a pre-released case study.

Other useful information

Students are encouraged to participate in Young Enterprise. Students will also have the opportunity to attend a range of trips and work with Business Studies students. Students will be expected to keep up-to-date with current affairs and read around the subject using journals, newspapers and textbooks.


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