About this qualification

Our Level 1/2 Awards in non-EBacc subjects are ideally suited to learners with a preference for practical, in addition to, theoretical learning. Many of them are tailored towards specific career areas and all have a focus on creativity.

These vocational qualifications fulfil entry requirements for academic and vocational study post-16, and will count as equivalent to one GCSE in the Key Stage 4 performance tables.

Who is this Level 1/2 Award in STEM for?

This qualification is for learners aged 14–16 years old who wish to study STEM in a multidisciplinary manner. They will learn in a way that integrates the different theories of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and be assessed in ways that are practical and relevant to STEM industries.

The STEM Level 1/2 Award will appeal to learners who have a particular interest in STEM-related careers and wish to enhance their choice of qualifications.

What will learners study?

Learners complete three mandatory units (one externally assessed and two internally assessed) across 120 guided learning hours.

  • Unit 1: STEM in industry – Research task (learners will gain a broad experience of five key STEM industries, carry out research into a given area and present their findings).
  • Unit 2: Creating a STEM product or service (learners will embark on a project utilising the Fixperts© process – they can use an existing contact within the community or use AQA’s set of resources produced in collaboration with Fixperts©).
  • Unit 3: Fundamentals of STEM (completion of this unit will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of what STEM is and how it drives the development of products and services in industry).

Will the knowledge and skills developed be useful for further studies?

This Level 1/2 Award in STEM gives learners a whole host of technical transferable skills. They include:

  • application of iterative processes
  • prototype design and manufacture
  • scientific enquiries
  • analysis and evaluation
  • end-user requirements
  • mathematical principles
  • the theory of deconstruction to reconstruct.

The knowledge and skills gained from the STEM Level 1/2 Award will help to develop transferable skills that will be useful in subjects such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. These skills include communication, problem solving, research and teamwork skills.

Which subjects complement this course?

This Level 1/2 Award in STEM complements vocational qualifications including Material Technology, IT and Visual Communication.

It's also a great partner for GCSE Sciences, Design and Technology, Engineering, Business Studies, Maths and Computer Science.

Upon completion, learners can progress to other Level 2 qualifications or apprenticeships, to junior roles in STEM industries, or Technical Certificates, Technical Levels, BTEC Level 3 National Diplomas and A-levels.

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Teaching resources

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  • schemes of work and lesson plans to help you plan your course with confidence
  • exemplar materials to showcase sets of marked students' work supported by senior moderator commentaries and guidance
  • learner textbooks that have been checked by AQA
  • training courses to help you deliver AQA qualifications
  • teacher standardisation (T-OLS) system to help work through exemplar and standardisation material quickly and easily
  • subject expertise courses for all teachers, from newly-qualified teachers to experienced teachers looking for fresh inspiration.

Preparing for exams

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  • past papers, mark schemes and examiners’ reports
  • specimen papers and mark schemes for new courses
  • exemplar learner answers with examiner commentaries.

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  • Improve your teaching skills in areas including differentiation, teaching literacy and meeting Ofsted requirements.
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National legislation

Schools and colleges should note that if there are any references made to legislation within this specification that does not apply (ie NI, EU), the relevant legislation in the county of study should be substituted.