A broad and human perspective on science for post-16 students
Perspectives on Science is a pioneering course focusing on the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Science that prepares post-16 students for the Extended Project Qualification. Initially an AS-level, the course:
- Gives teachers the opportunity to promote discussion and debate about the nature of scientific knowledge and the big ethical questions it generates..
- Provides activities designed to develop critical thinking and analytical skills.
- Is skills rather than content-based, so will appeal to university admissions departments.
- Equips students with relevant skills and suggests starting points for carrying out an Extended Project which carries UCAS points equivalent to 0.5 GCE A-level..
- Is supported by fully endorsed, high quality Student Book.
The course has proved successful in a number of centres across the UK following a pilot that ran until September 2008. Teachers are enthusiastic, and report that the course is popular with students. The Student Book includes engaging case studies, guidance on producing the written project and delivering an oral presentation. In addition to the resources, there is a Perspectives email membership group used by teachers, the University of York Science Education Group and the Edexcel EPQ Chief Examiner, as a communication channel for news, events and discussion. To join the group, please send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org