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30 UCAS points at Distinction level

The ESB award is a great way of developing your confidence and communication skills and therefore helping you to unlock your potential and raising your achievement.

Whatever your route to employment, employers continue to feedback that teamwork and communication skills are central to their success and need to be of a higher standard when young people enter the workforce. The development of effective communication, alongside an accredited qualification, will give you a clear advantage when applying for a place in college, university or in the job market.

ESB in Speech is externally assessed and is a combination of individual presentations and group discussions. The award is designed to be a social and fun experience with lots of lively discussions and debates.

MathematicalStudiesQRThe Course - Equivalent to 1 AS level

Mathematical Studies is a Level 3 certificate, and is equivalent to an AS qualification. There is a use of real life scenarios which makes the mathematical skills come alive and be relevant to everyday life. You will find the personal finance module particularly relevant. You will gain an understanding of payslips, taxation, national insurance, loans, mortgages and the cost of credit, as well as comparing savings schemes.

It is designed to consolidate and build mathematical understanding, foster the ability to think mathematically and apply maths in unfamiliar situations.

The course also aims to prepare you for the mathematical demands of higher education and work where there is a distinct mathematical or statistical element, but where the mathematical demands do not stretch to a requirement for A-level mathematics. It will help with other A level subjects in which these skills can be applied, in particular geography, business studies, psychology, as well as technical and vocational qualifications.

Assessment

2 exams in May, 1 hour 30 mins each
Paper 1 Analysis of data, mathematics for personal finance and estimation
Paper 2 Statistical techniques and critical analysis

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 5 in mathematics

Careers & Higher Education

Mathematical studies is particularly valuable for any student planning a future that requires good quantitative skills, whether that be in higher education or employment. Degrees such as biology, geography and business studies all expect a high level of mathematical competency that can be supported by studying the course. Also, the qualification supports technical apprenticeships of differing levels and vocations.

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The Gold Arts Award is something that very few students achieve. The main ingredient for success in this course is passion for the arts in one form or another. If you have a passion, whether it’s designing furniture or fashion, composing or playing music, writing poetry and literature, painting, acting, games design, dancing or any other of the Arts activities that give us a personal space to go to whilst extending our skills and teaching us how to communicate more effectively through creativity, then this could be the course for you.

When students have achieved the Gold Award they have found that it supports their job and university applications as the award demonstrates independence, creativity and leadership at Level 3. It complements an academic application by providing that ‘other’ element to the application. It does carry 16 UCAS points.

 

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HumanBiologyQRBTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Human Applied Biology

The Course - Equivalent to 1 A level

The study of human biology is fascinating: from the detailed working of our cells to how microorganisms cause disease and how we can battle these invisible enemies.

This is a Level 3 BTEC National qualification and as such poses the same degree of intellectual challenge as A-Level Biology. It is fundamentally different however in the way that it is examined. There is are 2 exams, taken in January and June of Year 13 and 2 coursework assessed units which run in parallel with the examined part. Our BTEC National in Applied Human Biology is a great choice for students looking for a career where they can make a difference to the health and lives of others. The course gives students a broad understanding of biological principles including cells, tissues, biological molecules, genetics, immunology and practical microbiology as well as diseases, diagnostic techniques and treatments.

The qualification benefits from:
Progression routes: students can progress to an apprenticeship, higher education (when taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications) or go directly to employment.
Practical learning: students will explore a variety of tests and techniques using essential laboratory practice.
Flexible learning: students can move from the Certificate (AS equivalent size) to the Extended Certificate (A level equivalent size), and vice versa.
Our small teaching groups allow for an incredible amount of individualised teaching and help.

Assessment

Unit 1 – Principles of Human Biology is a mandatory, examined unit.
Unit 2 - Practical Microbiology and Infectious Disease is an assignment-based unit.
The Extended certificate requires these two mandatory units plus one more mandatory unit – Human Biology and Health Issues and another one we will choose.
The four units make up the Extended Certificate which is equivalent to a full A-Level.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Biology Grade 4 or Trilogy Science Grade 44
GCSE Maths Grade 4
GCSE English Grade 4

Careers & Higher Education

Transferable skills valued by employers and universities:
Self-reflection
Critical thinking
Collaborative work
Presentation skills
Analytical skills

Careers:
Health and social care
Sport science
Nursing Midwifery
Occupational Health

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Contact

Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
Luxstowe
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 3EA

How to find us

Tel: +44(0)1579 342344

School Attendance Line (24 hours): +44(0)1579 325730

Fax: +44(0)1579 343350

Email: enquiries@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk

 

 

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