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Intent

At Maidstone and Malling Alternative Provision, the Vocational Curriculum intends to deliver an inclusive programme of study that will support our students. The BTEC Applied Science course will give students a combination of practical experience and written assignments. These vocational qualifications provide level 2 learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for a career in these sectors or can be used in all walks of life. We believe that effective teaching of these subjects will increase students understanding and preparation for the world of work.

Implementation

We have planned an ambitious curriculum in this area that meets the needs of all students and also meets the examination board expectations. This vocational area has been chosen to respond to the feedback received from employers, staff and students, that will give our students the best opportunity to succeed and excel.

What will the student study as part of this qualification? 

This qualification consists of four mandatory units that form the fundamental knowledge, skills and understanding of Science technology.

Mandatory units

  • Unit 1:Principles of Science – Externally Tested
  • Unit 2: Chemistry and Our Earth
  • Unit 3: Energy and Our Universe
  • Unit 4: Biology and Our Environment.

How are BTECs assessed?

BTECs are assessed through a combination of tutor marked assignments and external assessments which are set and marketed by the awarding body. The majority of these assignments involve practical work, where students can develop their practical skills in a variety of sports. The majority of these assignments involve practical work, where students can develop their practical skills in a variety of sports. Formative assessment is used in a wide variety of methods by the teacher to conduct in-process evaluations of a student comprehension, learning needs and academic progress during a lesson, unit or course. Formative assessments help the teacher identify concepts that students are struggling to understand, skills they are having difficulty acquiring or learning standards they have not yet achieved so that adjustments can be made to the lesson. Summative assessment is used for Unit one as this is the tested unit.

How are BTECs graded?

BTECs are graded using a Pass (P), Merit (M), Distinction (D) and Distinction* (D*) scale.  If the work you produce isn’t of a high enough quality to pass with a P grade, you will be awarded a U, which means ‘Unclassified’.