New for 2018 – BTECs in Applied Science, Music Technology/Performance, Psychology and Sport.

In order to complement our existing vocational courses in OCR Cambridge Technicals Media and ICT, we are expanding our options to include BTECs. These courses are available to students who achieve 4 Grade 9 to 4 including a Grade 5 in English Language and may be taken as a set of BTEC qualifications or mixed with A Levels (so long as the entry requirements for A Levels are met).

BTEC Nationals are a widely recognised qualification that have been successfully equipping young people with knowledge and key skills for over 30 years. They are accepted by over 150 UK universities and higher education institutes for relevant degree programmes. Large companies value the work ethic and independence young people gain from completing BTEC qualifications and actively recruit those who have this  qualification. BTECs successfully combine a learner-centred approach with the development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education. The BTEC nationals of today have been developed following consultation with employers and higher education institutions.

BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN SPORT

A BTEC Extended Certificate is an academic, practical and vocational course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities in addition to a number of externally set tasks and exams. This qualification is suitable for students who would like to study other A-level courses.

 

SUBJECT CONTENT

The course is made up of 4 units (or subjects) which cover the broad range of the sports industry. Two of the units are assessed internally through the production of a portfolio of evidence. This evidence is generated  through written assignments, presentations or practical demonstrations. 2 of the units are assessed externally through an exam and set tasks. Units of study include: Practical Sports Performance Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being.

WHAT ARE THE CAREERS OR FURTHER EDUCATION THAT THIS COURSE WILL BE SUITABLE FOR?
Progression routes include employment or further training in the following fields:

  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sport, Leisure and Business Management
  • Business Management
  • Sports Marketing
  • Fitness Training
  • Outdoor Education
  • Sports Coaching and Leadership
  • Teacher Training
  • Event Management
  • Sports Development

BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE

We are offering both the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science (equivalent to 1 A Level) and the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (equivalent to 2 A Levels). These will be delivered over years 12 and 13. The certificate allows students to complete 4 exciting units whilst the diploma allows for 8 units.

Both the Certificate and the Diploma will be delivered over two years, with the Diploma taking 2 option blocks. The qualification will combine aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Throughout the course, key skills  and relevant industry procedures will be learnt. The units below give you an idea of the topics covered by the diploma:

Year 12:

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science (externally assessed exam)
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (internally assessed)
  • Unit 3: Scientific Investigation Skills (externally marked practical task)
  • Optional Unit (details TBC)

Year 13:

  • Unit 4: Laboratory Techniques and their Application (externally assessed exam)
  • Unit 5: Principles and Applications of Science II (externally assessed exam)
  • Unit 6: Investigative Project (internally assessed)
  • Optional Unit (details TBC)

 

WHAT COULD THIS QUALIFICATIONLEAD TO?

Learners can pursue many degree programmes that relate to science, biochemistry, biomedical science and sports science. Employers value the key skills that BTECs equip learners with such as:

  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills: critical thinking, applying creative solutions, use of systems and new technology
  • Interpersonal skills: communication, working collaboratively with others, negotiating and presenting to an audience
  • Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and continued personal development.

Your BTEC National Extended Certificate will be your passport to success which will prepare you for your future!

BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY

BTECs are a different way to learn. Exams and assessments still play a part, but BTECs allow students greater independence in how they research and complete tasks, to show their knowledge and understanding.

Psychology is a hugely varied subject. The new BTECs have not yet been written by the Pearson group, so in this prospectus, it is not yet possible to include specific course content. In the past however, similar courses
have included elements of Health and Sports Psychology, Developmental and Child Psychology, Criminal Psychology, as well as traditional elements of Psychology such as looking at the structure of the brain, memory,
Psychoanalysis, Clinical Psychology and perception.

 

WHAT COULD THIS QUALIFICATION LEAD TO?

Psychology is a valued subject in many different areas. Finham Park has an excellent track record of students studying Psychology at University, where they can then specialise. Universities overwhelmingly accept BTECs,
therefore degrees in Psychology are a possibility. Psychology students are generally inquisitive, curious about people and how they work, astute at observing, and are good communicators – so careers within Psychology
and the NHS are possibilities, aswell as Social Work, Sports and Elite Performance, Education and other sciences.

BTEC BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

Designed to support progression to apprenticeship or employment when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels. A basis of study for the music production sector with a focus on music and sound for media and DAW production.

 

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?

This is a very practical hands on subject that requires you to directly impact the music production processes with the knowledge you will receive. We will work with industry standard equipment and you will learn the
skills that you need to enter this area of professional work.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?

There are two mandatory units, which cover the following aspects of digital music production: music and sound for media and digital audio workstation (DAW) production. Learners will be able to add three optional
units, from a choice of four, to the mandatory content. These have been designed to support their progression to a range of employment opportunities in digital music production, and to a range of higher education courses. Optional units will introduce learners to sector specialist areas of their choice, including working in particular environments, and link with relevant technical roles. The optional units cover areas such as: creative synthesis and sampling, remixing and reworking, mixing and mastering techniques, commercial music production.

WHAT COULD THIS QUALIFICATION LEAD TO?

This qualification will prepare learners for direct employment in the digital music production sector and is suitable for those wanting to work in entry-level roles, such as: junior music producer, remixer, junior sound designer, music studio assistant, assistant audio restorer/digitiser/archiver.