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2 Planning for the Interdisciplinary Project by Lorna Grant

3 Aims of the Baccalaureate Raise the status and value of S6 and motivate learners Provide qualifications which are valued for entry to higher education Provide a bridge between school and higher education or employment Encourage collaboration between schools and further/higher education institutions Allow learners to relate and apply learning to realistic contexts Enable learners to compete in the international job market Develop the generic skills for learning, employment, life

4 Course Requirements 2 AH Courses 1 H Course ( two eligible sciences, one of which must be at AH level and Mathematics, which can be AH or H level)or Applied Mathematics (at AH) The Interdisciplinary Project The Scottish Baccalaureate will be awarded at Pass or Distinction Criteria for Distinction: Grade A in one eligible AH course Grade A in one other component Grade B in the other two components

5 The Interdisciplinary Project You choose: The project theme The way you undertake the project The contacts you will make The way you present your findings The audience or audience for your presentation Your teacher will give you advice

6 The Five Stages of the Project Proposal Plan Presentation of findings/product Evaluation of Project Self-evaluation There are templates to help you or you can use e-portfolio to store your project information

7 Context of the Project The project, which must involve a science based investigation or practical assignment, will explore and bring out the relevance of science in one or more of the following broad contexts: Employability Enterprise Sustainable development Citizenship Economic development

8 The skills you will develop You will develop and demonstrate the following generic and cognitive skills: Application of subject knowledge and understanding Research Interpersonal skills Planning Independent learning Problem solving Presentation skills Evaluation skills

9 Links you can make FE/HE establishments Local businesses/organisations Learned Bodies/Institutes STEMnet Scottish Government Teachers Scottish Enterprise Fellow pupils

10 How to get started? Think about topics which interest you from a personal or career point of view Have a look at the exemplar projects on SQAs website Discuss with your teacher Think about where you might get the information/resources you will need Start with a proposal – use the SQA audit tool to help you

11 Things to remember Write a timeline and include other commitments on your time Have contingency plans Adjust your plan when you need to – planning goes on throughout the project Keep a reflective diary (template on the SQA website)- this will help with the Evaluation stage Dont be afraid to ask for help/advice Keep to your assigned project times – they are not free periods! Try to meet your deadlines

12 What some of last years candidates said I have noticed that whereas previously I tended to ask for help as soon as I encountered any problem, now I am more likely to independently find a logical solution. I have broadened my skills by presenting in a more formal manner to different audiences. I am proud of my achievements. I can admit mistakes but also admit successes. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning so many new skills and discovering new ideas which will be beneficial for future research and studies in university.

13 The June 2010 Support Event

14 Contact Lorna Grant Baccalaureate Development Manager email- telephone – 0845 213 5460

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