Would you like to work with animals or plants? This course is a Level 1 QCF work-based qualification and is suited to someone who may like to work in land based and environmental industries.

You will learn the practical skills necessary to look after and grow food and you will gain an understanding of the livestock and horticulture industries.

The units will be assessed by the gathering of work-based evidence into a portfolio, and comprise practical skills paired with knowledge units. It is possible to achieve an Award, a Certificate or a Diploma and some units on the course are optional. This course would ideally suit someone who enjoys practical work and has an interest in animal care, horticulture or farming.

You will explore how historical land use and management has changed from a greater emphasis on food production to an emphasis on sustainability, environmental management and public access. You will find out how science plays a major role in the modern land-based sector by investigating different parts of the industry, roles of plants/crops and animals, whilst considering the importance of biosecurity.

 

You will develop the following knowledge, understanding and skills in the informal and friendly school farm environment:

  • different uses of land and associated industries
  • challenges and conflicts that arise when land is used for food production, leisure and conservation
  • how the structure and function of plants affects successful propagation and yields
  • requirements of optimum nutrition for animal growth and health
  • what role technology plays in the land based sector

 

You will be assessed by one on-line examination (40%) and a written assignment (60%).

 

This course would ideally suit students who enjoy animal and plant husbandry and /or those who may wish to progress to other qualifications, such as A levels (sciences, geography) or specific to a sector, including:

City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical in Horticulture/Animal Management/Equine Management/Agriculture/ Forestry and Arboriculture

 

You would also find the understanding and skills useful to progress to an apprenticeship.

GCSE Science

The GCSE Combined Science course offers some flexibility for all students. Students continue with their current study of AQA GCSE Combined Science throughout Years 10 and 11. The course allows all students to access and engage with science across the three disciplines. Students will complete a course of study that consists of final examinations in Year 11 that combine to give two GCSEs.

Students wishing to pursue AS and A Level sciences are recommended to choose Triple Science as an option.

The GCSE Combined Science course offers some flexibility for all students. The course allows all students to access and engage with science across the three disciplines. Students will complete a course of study that consists of final examinations in Year 11 that combine to give two GCSEs.

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.
• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
• Foundation and Higher Tier
• 70 marks
• Each paper is 16.7% of GCSE
• Grades 9-9, 9-8, 8-8, 8-7…1-1 (9-9 highest)

Website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464