OCR Cambridge National Level 2 Science

Cambridge Nationals are vocationally related qualifications that take an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. They’re industry relevant, geared to key sector requirements and suit a broad range of learning styles and abilities.

Over two years students will complete three units. RO71 and RO73 are portfolio based assessment tasks worth 75% of the overall qualification. RO72 is a one hour written paper set by OCR. This is worth 25% of the qualification and is completed at the end of Year 11

Units are graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction at Level 1, and Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* for Level 2. Students can progress either to Level 3 Vocational Qualifications.

Units taught include:

Unit R071: How scientific ideas have an impact on our lives

Taught in three modules, this unit explores the world we live in and how our choices affect its resources and our health.

Module 1: Using energy

Students will learn about the personal, social and political choices that must be made in order to provide homes with electricity. The learning objective includes reviewing external environmental factors and how the decisions made can impact on society.

Module 2: Keeping healthy

This module explores how health can be improved through understanding data from measurable health parameters (such as lung function, heart activity, etc.).

Module 3: Materials for a purpose

Students will explore how the materials we use every day are sourced from natural resources, including crude oil, rocks and the air.

Unit R072: How scientific ideas have developed

This unit explores how scientific ideas have been developed. Students will learn more about the work of a number of scientists, and engage with the often compelling narrative of scientific discovery.

Unit R073: How scientists test their ideas

Students will have the opportunity to design and complete their own experimental work, including:

  • How to test a scientific idea, including testing for variables, equipment and techniques used, and sources of data available
  • Collecting scientific data from primary and secondary source
  • Analysing scientific information in the context of an investigation, i.e. processing data, understanding relationships between variables, and understanding anomalous results.