Specification at a glance

This qualification is modular and is split into three units. One is an externally assessed exam and the other two are internally assessed.

Subject content

  • Unit 1 STEM in industry
  • Unit 2 Creating a STEM product/service
  • Unit 3 Fundamentals of STEM

Assessments

Unit 1: STEM in industry – research task
What's assessed
  • Planning and research skills
  • Application of STEM knowledge and understanding
  • Investigation task selected from the example list provided.
How it's assessed
  • Internally assessed
  • 36 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) approx.
  • 60 marks
  • 30% of Technical Award

Evidence

Learners' evidence to include a portfolio of:
  • electronic/paper portfolio of no more than 20 pages of A4
  • a log book
  • a prototype or model
  • witness statements
  • observation report.

Unit 2: Creating a STEM product or service
What's assessed
  • Learners' ability to identify and construct a STEM product or service of their choosing.
  • Learners' knowledge and skills of iterative processes, prototype design and manufacture, scientific enquiry, analysis and evaluation, end-user requirements, mathematical principles and the use of component parts.
How it's assessed
  • Internally assessed
  • 36 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) approx.
  • 60 marks
  • 30% of Technical Award
Evidence

Learners' evidence to include a portfolio of:

  • a booklet documenting the Fixperts process and containing all required assessment paperwork
  • a presentation or storyboard
  • a working model/prototype.

Unit 3: Fundamentals of STEM
What's assessedThe core skills, knowledge and understanding related to STEM:
  • problem solving in a real life context
  • the circular economy
  • knowledge of the principles of science, technology, engineering and maths.
How it's assessed
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 48 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) approx.
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of Technical Award
Questions

A mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended questions.