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Science GCSE Intensive (L00048-161801)

Availability: Yes

Price: £327.00 concessionary fee, £0.00 Click here for information on help with fees

Weekdays/Time: Thu (09:30 to 12:30)

Starts: 08/06/2017

End Date: 11/01/2018

Number of Weeks: 20

Tutor Approval Required? Yes more info

Course Overview:

This course follows the AQA GCSE Science A syllabus. It is a linear syllabus suitable for the post-16 student. You will need a sound knowledge of Maths and English to succeed on this course and you will need to have knowledge of how you learn - your preferred learning style for example - as well as a knowledge and understanding of study skills. There is one controlled assessment, consisting of planning and carrying out an investigation and two written tests in class time. This is a busy and comprehensive written examination based course.

You will sit the GCSE Science exams in January 2018. Please note that there are no resit opportunities offered for this syllabus after January 2018.

Please note that there are no classes for this course over the summer break, i.e. your last class in July will be on 13 July 2017 and your next class will be on 14 September 2017.

How to Apply - Tutor Approval

Please complete the online Application form and book your interview by clicking Apply Now at the top of this page. If no interview slots are available at the time of your application we will be in touch to arrange an interview date.

To be accepted on the course you must complete the following steps:

  1. Maths and English Assessments: This MUST be done prior to your interview and takes about 1hour, you can come and do this at any time during opening times.
  2. Evidence of skills: You may be required to show evidence of relevant skills either by bringing your certificates or doing an initial assessment task
  3. Interview: The Tutor interview is to ensure that this is the right course for you and that you are fully aware of what is involved in completing the course

On completition of your interview and meeting the other criteria laid out in the application process, successful applicants will be offered a place on to the course.

How to Enrol:

How to Enrol

Entry Requirements:

In order to enrol onto this course you need to have established skills at Level 2 Maths and Level 2 English as a minimum. You will need to sit a computer based initial assessment to indicate and evidence your current level of Maths and English. You must also be aged 16 or over on 31.8.17. The exam board will not accept entries for the exams, for learners aged under 16 on 31.8.17.

If you have been asked to complete an English and/or maths screening test, it is important that you read the following information –
• The entry requirements for the GCSE Science course on the screening tests are Level 2 English and Level 2 Maths
• You should allow sufficient time for the screening test (up to 1 hour per test), so that you are not rushed.
• You should take the screening tests seriously, as the tests results will determine which course/s you can enrol on
• If you do not achieve the required levels on the screening tests for your chosen course, then you will not be offered a place on the course.
• It would be sensible to complete the screening tests on a separate day prior to the interview
• Please note we only allow one attempt at these screening assessments
If you wish to practise for these initial assessments you can do so at http://www1.edexcel.org.uk/tot/alns2/CMA-Edexcel-web2.swf

Maths and English Assessments

Before your tutor interview you are also requested to take an online assessment in Maths and English at the college. This will help us ensure that the course is suitable for you and that you have the right English and maths skills to enjoy the course and succeed.

To help you, have a look at these online resources before you come to college to take the assessment.

Course Content:

There are 4 Sections on this Syllabus:
How Science Works
The thinking behind the doing
Fundamental ideas
Observation as a stimulus to investigation
Designing an investigation
Making measurements
Presenting data
Using data to draw conclusions
Evaluation
Societal aspects of scientific evidence
Limitations of Scientific Evidence
Biology
Keeping Healthy
Nerves and hormones
The use and abuse of drugs
Interdependence and Adaptation
Energy and biomass in food chains
Waste materials from plants and animals
Genetic variation and its control
Evolution
Chemistry
The fundamental ideas in chemistry
Limestone and building materials
Metals and their uses
Crude oil and fuels
Other useful substances from crude oil
Plant oils and their uses
Changes in the earth and its atmosphere
Physics
The transfer of energy by heating processes and the factors that affect the rate at which that energy is transferred
Energy and efficiency
The usefulness of electrical appliances
Methods we use to generate electricity
The use of waves for communication and to provide evidence that the universe is expanding

Assessment Methods:

Your assessment is through 3 x 60 minute exam papers on different nationally set days. You will sit the three exam papers in January 2018. Please note the exam dates and times will be different to your class day and time. Each paper is worth 25% of the marks and the controlled assessment is worth 25% of the marks. You must attend the dates set for controlled assessment, as set by the tutor. There is one controlled assessment, consisting of planning and carrying out an investigation and two written tests in class time.

Additional Information:

Please be aware that there is a significant level of commitment required of you in order to successfully complete this course. If you are willing to commit to the course and the college in this way then we will support you through the course.

You will be expected to do at least 3 to 4 hours of homework per week.

You should be aware that the college has limited laboratory facilities. Hence this course is for the most part theoretical with limited experimental.

You will sit the GCSE Science exams in January 2018. Please note that there are no resit opportunities offered for this syllabus after January 2018.

Please note that there are no classes for this course over the summer break, i.e. your last class in July will be on 13 July 2017 and your next class will be on 14 September 2017.

For information on course fees and how to get additional help to pay for them look at our How to Pay for Your Course section.

Bring To First Class:

• You should bring along an A4 writing pad as well as a selection of pens. You will also need to purchase a Scientific calculator – preferably one of the Casio FX series which will cost in the region of c£9.00 – though if you already have a Scientific calculator, it should suffice for the course. Please discuss this with your tutor. You should also purchase the text book – New AQA Science GCSE Science A Student book by J Breithaupt, A Fullick, L Ryan ISBN-10: 1408508222 ISBN-13: 978-1408508220. You need to bring these resources with you to each session unless directed by the tutor.

Attendance:

You attendance is required at each and every session. You are expected to have 100% attendance. If you feel you can’t commit to this expected level of attendance, then you should consider whether this is a suitable course for you. If you are unable to attend any one session then you are asked to notify the tutor in advance so that they can liaise with you on the work and topics which will be covered during that session. We must stress though that attendance at every session is important for you as a learner and for your tutor as well as your class mates as it ensures continuity in the teaching and consequently in your learning.

Further Study and Career Opportunities:

GCSE Science at Grade C is an entry requirement for a significant number of HE courses and in particular Teacher Training courses. It is also a qualification required and sought by a significant number of employers

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Pay for Your Course

Information Advice and Guidance:

If you are looking for assistance on a new career path, course choice or looking for further opportunities then speak to our Information Advice and Guidance team.

 




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