90 or 180 Credit Course

Achieve a 90-credit diploma in your first year of study then top up to 180 credits on the extended diploma in the second year. The extended diploma gives you much more detail on the subject - it's the same as three A-levels and is a great route into university. If you already have 90 credits from another college, you can choose to top up to the extended diploma with just one year of study.

Introduction

This course is ideal if you want to study biological or related science courses at university or if you want a practical career in the sciences. There are plenty of practical activities to boost your understanding of scientific techniques including researching river pollution, measuring energy content in food and looking at a heartbeat under a microscope. You'll study aspects of biology, chemistry and physics as well as work on your English, maths and IT skills. Training in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is vital in the UK and global economy today and the skills and knowledge you learn on this course could really get you ahead in the job market.

You'll study six mandatory units plus optional units such as:

  • Scientific investigation
  • Perception of science
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Techniques.

Structure

As part of the course, you'll have the chance to gain work experience and help you understand the professional standards and behaviours expected in the science industry. You'll go on trips to give you exposure to different specialisms and working environments, such as the chemical synthetic laboratory of GlaxoSmithKline and the National Science Museum. Our students often go onto universities, including Russell Group universities such as Birmingham and Bristol. We also work with the Radiography Department at St. George's Hospital with visits and guest speakers. We are part of the Learn Chemistry Partnership, which supports chemistry education with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Materials

There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don't need an interview).

Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.

Assessment

A combination of coursework and exams.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs A*-C/9-4 including English, maths and science; OR a relevant Level 2 diploma at least at merit plus English and maths assessed by us to be at an appropriate level.

Next Steps

You could progress to degree or diploma courses in higher education. Employment opportunities include lab technicians or other practical scientific roles. You could progress to a degree or diploma courses in higher education including study in radiography, nursing, pysiotherapy, pharmacy and biomedical science. Job opportunities include lab technicians or other careers within the science and medical industry.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.

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