Year 12 Options 2017/18

Design Engineering (AQA L3 Technical Level Engineering)

Students will complete eight mandatory units and the qualification will provide the core knowledge and skills needed to prepare young people to work in the engineering sector. The course will cover topics such as:

  • Engineering design process
  • Scientific principals used by engineers to identify the most suitable materials
  • Engineering context
  • Using maths as an aid to model and solve problems across a range of practical engineering contexts
  • Mechanical engineering systems and components, and their applications
  • Engineering products and systems for consumers and industry
  • The relevance and role that manufacturing processes and systems have in production of multiple components
  • How to manage industrially sourced design projects
  • The use of 3D parametric modelling software in the design process
  • The systematic approaches to design, such as design for manufacture (DFM) and design for assembly (DFA)

Unit Breakdown

Students who take double design engineering will study 8 units:

Unit 1 – Materials technology and science

Unit 2 – Mechanical systems

Unit 3 – Mathematics for engineers

Unit 4 – Engineering design

Unit 5 – Production and manufacturing

Unit 6 – Design visualisation

Unit 7 – Advanced design for manufacture

Unit 8 – Design engineer project management

Mechatronics (AQA L3 Technical Level Engineering)

Students will study eight mandatory units and AQA have worked with employers and professional bodies to ensure this course covers all the knowledge and skills needed for a student to fully understand the interface between mechanical and electronic engineering within a modern engineering context. Students will cover topics such as:

  • Scientific principals used by engineers to identify the most suitable materials
  • Engineering context
  • Using maths as an aid to model and solve problems across a range of practical engineering contexts
  • Mechanical engineering systems and components
  • Design and construction of a mechatronic control system
  • Engineering design process
  • The role and relevance that manufacturing processes and systems have in the production of multiple components
  • Designing programs to drive engineering systems

 

Unit Breakdown

Students who take double design engineering will study 8 units:

Unit 1 – Materials technology and science

Unit 2 – Mechanical systems

Unit 3 – Mathematics for engineers

Unit 4 – Engineering design

Unit 5 – Production and manufacturing

Unit 6 – Mechatronics project management

Unit 7 – Mechatronic control systems

Unit 8 – Programming for engineers

Product Design 3D (AQA A Level)

This course will be replaced by a new A Level in September 2017

Unit Breakdown

The current specification covers four units over two years:

Unit 1 PROD1 – Material, components and applications. (Externally Assessed Unit – 25% of overall qualification)

Unit 2 PROD2 – Learning through design and making. (Controlled Assessment marked internally and moderated – 25% of overall qualification)

Unit 3 PROD3 – Design and manufacture (Externally Assessed Unit – 25% of overall qualification)

Unit 4 PROD4 – Design and making practise (Controlled Assessment marked internally and moderated – 25% of overall qualification)

*Please note, we will update the specification of this course once it is released 

3D Art and Graphic Design (Level 3 BTEC)

This qualification is based on visual recording and communication skills, which underpin all areas of art and design. These are based on observation and allows learners to develop the practical skills to communicate ideas.

Students will explore art and design through choosing optional units in the following areas:

  • Graphics
  • Interactive design
  • 3D design
  • Textile
  • 3D design craft

Chemistry (AQA A Level)

Students will complete three mandatory units, which are sub-divided into a number of different topics and taught across the two years. The units build upon the knowledge gained at GCSE and students will develop practical skills throughout the course, which will lead to a separately assessed practical skills endorsement.

In year 12 students will study the following topics:

  • Atomic structure and the amount of a substance
  • Bonding
  • Energetics and kinetics
  • Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principal
  • The periodic table – Group 2 and 7
  • Introduction to organic chemistry – Alkanes, Alkenes, Halogenoalkanes and Alcohols

Unit Breakdown

Students will study three units:

Unit 1 – Physical Chemistry

Unit 2 – Inorganic Chemistry

Unit 3 – Organic Chemistry

Grade Requirements

A minimum of grade B in GCSE Core and Additional Science or in GCSE Chemistry

A minimum of grade 6 in Maths (This is required due to the mathematical content in the qualification)

Physics (AQA A Level)

Students who wish to study physics will complete nine units, with eight of those being mandatory and also studying a unit of engineering physics which will complement the main engineering course that will form their full A Level in Physics.

The content within the course builds upon the knowledge gained at GCSE and students will develop practical skills throughout the course, which will lead to a separately assessed practical skills endorsement.

In year 12 students will study the following topics:

  • Measuring and their error
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity

Unit Breakdown

Students will study 8 units:

Unit 1 – Measurement and their Errors

Unit 2 – Particles and radiation

Unit 3 – Waves

Unit 4 – Mechanics and materials

Unit 5 – Electricity

Unit 6 – Further mechanics and thermal physics

Unit 7 – Fields and their consequences

Unit 8 – Nuclear Physics

Unit 9 – Engineering physics (Option unit)

Grade Requirements

A minimum of grade B in GCSE Core and Additional Science or in GCSE Physics.

A minimum of grade 6 in Maths (This is required due to the mathematical content in the qualification)

Health & Social Care (Edexcel L3 BTEC Extended Certificate)

This specification is if a student is taking a single course in Health & Social Care. The course is equivalent to one A Level and is 360 hours of guided learning hours.

The aim of this course is to give students a broad overview of the health and social care sector and four units are completed over two years, with three of the units being mandatory and an optional unit.

The assessment comprises of three elements:

  • Assignments (Set and marked by the teachers)
  • Tasks – These require students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in a real life scenario they are likely to encounter in the workplace (Set and marketed by the exam board)
  • Written external exams
  • Two written external exams also form part of the final assessment.

Unit Breakdown

Students will study three mandatory units:

Unit 1 – Human lifespan development

Unit 2 – Working in health and social care

Unit 3 – Meeting individual care and support need

Future Opportunities in Health & Social Care

Students who opt for one of these courses can progress into health related further/higher education (Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy) or use their grades to access different careers such as teaching, health studies and criminology.

Health & Social Care (Edexcel L3 BTEC Diploma)

This specification is if a student is taking a double course in Health & Social Care. The course is equivalent to two A Levels and is 720 hours of guided learning hours.

The aim of this course is to provide a strong study programme in the Health & Social Care sector, offering a depth and breadth of knowledge. Students will complete eight units over the two years, with six being mandatory and two optional units.

The assessment comprises of three elements:

  • Assignments (Set and marked by the teachers)
  • Tasks – These require students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in a real life scenario they are likely to encounter in the workplace (Set and marketed by the exam board)
  • Written external exams
  • Two written external exams also form part of the final assessment.

Unit Breakdown

Unit 1 – Human lifespan development

Unit 2 – Working in Health & Social Care

Unit 3 – Enquiries into current research in Health & Social Care

Unit 4 – Meeting individual care and support needs

Unit 5 – Principals of safe practice in Health & Social Care

Unit 6 – Promoting public health

Future Opportunities in Health & Social Care

Students who opt for one of these courses can progress into health related further/higher education (Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy) or use their grades to access different careers such as teaching, health studies and criminology.

A Level Business Studies (WJEC)

Business Studies is a topic that closely studies the fascinating fast-paced world of business and finance. Students opting for this topic will study business finance, marketing, corporate and social responsibility, employee rights and employment legislation.

Unit Breakdown

This qualification consists of two components:

Component One: Business Opportunities

This component focuses on new business start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The content in this section is based around the concept of starting a new business and the issues that surround the process of planning a new business. In addition to covering the main concepts of setting up a new business, learners should be aware of other types of business organisations and the markets they operate in and their various stakeholders.

Learners will study the content areas below:

  • Enterprise
  • Business plans
  • Markets
  • Market research
  • Business structure
  • Business location
  • Business finance
  • Business revenue and costs.

Component Two: Business Functions

This component broadens the context for learners and will include all types of business organisations, ranging from recently formed small businesses to well- established multinational companies. Learners need to understand that in order to succeed in a competitive market, all businesses have to consider the core functions of business.

Examination Breakdown

Component One: Written examination: 1 hour – 40% of qualification

Structured questions to assess business opportunities, business start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises and other types of business organisations and the markets in which they operate

Total marks: 50

Component Two: Written examination: 2 hours – 60% of qualification

Two sections covering all of the AS content

Section A – compulsory data response questions

Section B – one essay from a choice of three

Total marks: 80

Further Opportunities

This course equips students with a breadth of knowledge that is transferable into many employment situations, higher education (including degree-level) or modern apprenticeship.

 

AS/A Level Mathematics

The subject contains a core element similar to the previous AS level, but the applied element is now split equally between that of mechanics & statistics.

The content for the AS Level course is similar to the first year of the A level course, however the AS examination and result does not form part of the final A level qualification, and is considered a ‘stand-alone’ qualification that carries 40% of the UCAS points awarded for an A level qualification.

A level mathematics covers all the core material from the previous A level course, as well as further study in mechanics and statistics. All the content from the AS level in mathematics can be used in the A Level Papers, which is where it differs from the previous AS/A2 model for A Level.

There is also a greater emphasis on using reasoning, modelling techniques and problem solving at AS/A Level mathematics. These are skills that employers and universities are saying are needed to access their courses and have successful careers in your chosen area.

Course Requirements

For all exam boards the new A Level Mathematics is offered to students in VI form who have achieved Grade 7 or above in the new GCSE in mathematics. Consideration may be given to students who achieve Grade 6 at GCSE if they can demonstrate an enthusiasm and determination to achieve in the course.

Studying A Level mathematics is essential for students wishing to opt for the Large Technical Baccalaureate qualification.

AS/A Level Further Mathematics

This course follows a similar pathway to AS/A level mathematics, but there is more flexibility in the non-core element.

Students can choose* from any of these 3 applied options:

Further Mechanics & Discrete Mathematics

Further Mechanics & Statisitics

Further Statistics & Discrete Mechanics

*Certain options maybe unavailable due to student numbers or staff availability.

Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics

For students not opting to do AS/A level mathematics, they will chose core maths which is equivalent in UCAS points to the AS in mathematics. In this course students will study how to apply numerical and statistical techniques to a range of everyday problems by means of mini projects.

Passing this course or the AS Level in Mathematics is needed for students to also achieve the technical baccalaureate qualification.

GCSE Re-Sit in Mathematics

Students who have yet to achieve Grade 5 in the new GCSE in mathematics, can opt to follow a course which will lead them to re-sit the examination in November or June in Year 12.

Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate in Engineering

This option is for students who would follow the level 2/3 pathway

The rationale for this engineering qualification is to inspire and enthuse students to consider a career in engineering, give students the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of engineering and the skills needed in the sector. Also the course will support students to progress to a more specialised Level 3 vocational and technical course.


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