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The GCE A Level Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry qualification will improve your understanding of mathematics and science processes in a way that promotes confidence and extends a range of scientific skills and techniques. You will be provided with a strong foundation for progress to further study.

This qualification will be graded, awarded and certificated to comply with the requirements of Ofqual's General Conditions of Recognition. Each of the A Level qualifications will be graded and certificated on a six-grade scale from A* to E using the total combined marks (out of 300) for the three compulsory papers.

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    Entry Requirements

    Academic and non-academic required Minimum of five GCSE subjects which must include English, and at least a grade B or equivalent in Maths, Physics and Chemistry with a good reference. All applicants must take an initial assessment and interview.

    Assessment Method

    The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Mathematics consists of three externally-examined papers. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.

    • Paper 1: Pure Maths 1 (Paper code: 9MA0/01) 2-hour written examination, 33.33% of the qualification
    • Paper 2: Pure Maths 2 (Paper code: 9MA0/02) 2-hour written examination, 33.33% of the qualification
    • Paper 1 and Paper 2 contains: Proof, Algebra and functions, Coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane, Sequences and series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and logarithms, Differentiation, Integration, Numerical methods, Vectors.

    • Paper 3: Statistics and Mechanics (Paper code: 9MA0/03) 2-hour written examination, 33.33% of the qualification Paper 3 contains two sections:
    • Section A: Statistics - Statistical sampling, Data presentation and interpretation, Probability, Statistical distributions, and Statistical hypothesis testing
    • Section B: Mechanics - Quantities and units in mechanics, Kinematics, Forces and Newton's laws, and Moments
    • Calculators can be used in the assessments

    The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Biology consists of three externally examined papers and the Science Practical Endorsement. Students must complete all assessments in May/June in any single year.

    Biology is amazing, and the study of Biology provides a fascinating insight into a range of scientific phenomena which affects people's daily lives and the wider environment. This knowledge is both useful and interesting in a variety of contexts.

    This A level consists of three externally examined papers and the Science Practical Endorsement. Students are expected to carry out the 18 core practical experiments that are identified in the content. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year to be awarded a Biology A Level. The specification the course will cover is the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Biology A (Salters-Nuffield).

    The course consists of three exams in total, each paper will assess investigative skills, theoretical knowledge, and understanding of specification topics. Paper 3 also includes questions based on a pre-release article, enabling students to apply their knowledge to a new context. Students will be expected to complete practical work throughout the course, part of which will be internally assessed.

    The aims and objectives of the A Level Biology course are to enable students to develop an essential knowledge of different areas of Biology and how they relate to each other, and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods.

    Level 3 Health & Social Care: This qualification is assessed via:

    • Examinations
    • All learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome and set tasks learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.

    Aims of the course

    This aim of this course is to enable students to understand mathematics, biology and chemistry in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study, apply mathematics and sciences in other fields of study.

    It is designed for students to use their mathematical and scientific skills and techniques to solve challenging problems that require them to decide on the solution strategy, make deductions, inferences and draw conclusions by using scientific reasoning.

    Progression Opportunities

    This course prepares you for progression to further study or the world of work:

    • You will have developed great mathematical and scientific skills which are transferable to both university and employment
    • You might want to study a degree in Science, Mathematics or Engineering related qualification

    Facilities

    Class room teaching, laboratory experiments, workshops

    Career Options

    You might progress to a career in Health, Science and Engineering related courses.

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 2 years
Start Date 07/09/2020
End Date 01/07/2022

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 6,437 p/year
24+ £6,437 p/year
International £9,000 p/year

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  • Starting 07/09/2020 at Southwark
    Venue Southwark
    Day/Eve Day
    Mode Full Time
    Duration 2 years
    Start Date 07/09/2020
    End Date 01/07/2022

    Funding

    For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

    16-18 Free
    19-24 £ 6,437 p/year
    24+ £6,437 p/year
    International £9,000 p/year

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