Science

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: BTEC

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science in year one
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in year two
  • GCSE or Functional Maths or English (You will already have a grade 4 (C) in one of these before starting - see entry requirements above)
  • An additional maths qualification to support your science studies (if you already have a C or grade 4 in maths GCSE)

Summary of course

This programme of study is a practical, work related course aimed at teaching you about the employment area you have chosen and developing the skills you will need to start your career or move into Higher Education.

You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demand.

The first year of the course allows you to achieve a Extended Certificate in Applied Science. On successful completion at Merit Level or above you may progress to the second year and complete a Diploma or Extended Diploma in Applied Science.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Principles and Applications of Science I
  • Practical Scientific Procedures & Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills

Specialist Units:

  • Laboratory Techniques & Their Applications
  • Principles and Applications of Science II
  • Investigative Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Science
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Electrical Circuits and their Application
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Industrial Chemical Reactions
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed via assignments set within the college. There are two examinations during year one for the science units and exams in maths or English should you be re-sitting those.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade C (4) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in progressing to Higher Education to study a science-based degree or to employment in a related area such as:

  • A materials testing laboratory in an industry such as construction, paper or plastics manufacture
  • A school or college laboratory
  • An environmental science laboratory
  • Forensic science

Progression and Career Opportunities

If you would like to continue your studies, you could go to university and study biology, chemistry, forensic science or material science or join an apprenticeship programme. Alternatively, you could apply to work in:

  • A research laboratory in pharmaceuticals
  • A quality control laboratory in a hospital or manufacturing

Note: You cannot progress to be a Doctor, Vet or Dentist from this qualification but you can enter related degrees in Medical Science and Vetinary Science. Some subjects, such as Physics, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy require extra qualifications along side the BTEC.

Find about more about career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the ‘What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5 A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 3 entry requirements, ideally including maths and/or English and must include at least one science subject)

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

General Info (materials required for the course)

There will be trips/visits planned during the year. Details of these will be posted to you as part of your induction pack.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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