BTEC Exam Celebrations – L2 Pass 9 Pupils achieved Level 2 Pass on the BTEC exam 2 Pupils achieved a Level 2 Merit on the BTEC exam BTEC Resits 5 th June Covers Unit 1 Biology, Chemistry & Physics
Areas for improvement… Lack of simple recall e.g. name a plant hormone – couldn’t be answered. Not attempting whole questions Not being specific enough in answers e.g. ‘pollution’, ‘waste gases’ instead of ‘carbon dioxide or sulphur dioxides’ Not using any of the information in the question Rephrasing the question as an answer without saying anything new! Simply quoting back data without actually explaining what it meant or manipulating it.
General Advice Mark a minute so time yourself carefully Start by going through and answering all the ones you can do first so you don't run out of time on questions you could have answered Underline command words describe, explain, suggest in the question
Data Questions Read all the data given as the information provides answers Use data and quote back facts in your answer when it tells you to. Use the equation sheets and carefully select the correct equations to use – you may need to use more than one for a question Check you haven't missed out one mark questions where there aren't lines to write e,g if you have to add plots or a line of best fit to a graph Show working out for all calculations and equations that you have used Include units in all your answers
6 Mark QWC questions – GCSE & BTEC 6 mark QWC questions involve extended writing just like we've practiced in class Brainstorm useful scientific keywords and put them in the margin before you start. This will help develop your answer You can use bullet points if it helps you sequence your ideas they must still be full sentences for QWC marks Read back your work to check spellings and grammar is accurate to get the QWC mark These questions could be asking you to write a practical method - remember to include what you will measure, equipment and controls
How you can prepare… DON’T just read the textbook/revision guide, you need to actively engage with the material…. The Science booklet outlines the topics you need to revise with a link to Bitesize and BTEC past papers Use Bitesize – there are pages of notes you can print and highlight, animations and tests Use the revision tests on Bitesize to assess your understanding at the end of each topic Practice as many past papers as possible and carefully read the mark schemes so you develop your understanding of what the examiners are looking for
Resits The Principles of Science BTEC qualification will be certificated at the end of year 11. If you fail to achieve Level2 Pass overall you will need to re-sit the external examination again alongside your other exams next year. You can only re-submit assignments in special circumstances. Next year you will either be moved onto the Additional Science GCSE course or Application of Science BTEC depending on your pathway.
BTEC Opportunities Level 2 Pass (minimum) overall enables you to access Level 3 qualifications such as: Applied Sciences, Biology, Chemistry or Physics Applied Forensic Science Applied Medical Science Aviation Operations Animal Management Beauty Therapy Children's Care, Learning and Development Construction, Building Services Engineering & Civil Engineering Vehicle Technology