Students will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, which should include Maths(grade 4), English Language (grade 4) and either Additional Science or Additional Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics or a Merit in Level 2 Science will also be considered as part of the entrant requirement. Evidence of good attendance is a necessary entry requirement due to the practical nature of the coursework. Suitability for the course will be assessed at interview.
What will I study?
The science industry in the UK is currently expanding and there is a huge demand for individuals who have scientific knowledge and practical skills to work in laboratory research or industrial science settings. Whether it’s forensic science, quality control, food production, the brewing industry or biomedical laboratories, there are numerous vacancies which this course would train you to obtain.
Students complete a range of mandatory units which cover concepts such as energy, chemical reactions and the structure and role of cells. We also look at aspects of working in the science industry and key practical techniques. There are specialist units in biology, chemistry and physics covering topics such as microbiology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and energy changes. These and other topics also allow the development of the maths skills needed to be a proficient scientific researcher.
Students successfully completing the 90 Credit Diploma (the first year of this course) will be able to access an additional year to achieve an Extended Diploma in Applied Science to gain access to university or employment.
How will I be assessed?
The course requires students to build a portfolio of assignments providing evidence of knowledge through class work and independent research. The course also involves a significant amount of practical work so you will keep a laboratory notebook as evidence of your skills and the data collected which will then be analysed and explained.
What could it lead to?
Students can progress into higher education, apprenticeships or full-time employment. The course is not suitable for those students wanting to progress on to nursing or physics courses at university. Recent students have gained access to study Biomedical Science, Marine Biology, Forensic Science and careers within the NHS such as Paramedics and Radiography.