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Interested in making scientific discoveries? Want to help solve a crime? Our applied science courses cover everything from the makeup of cells, disease and infection, energy and space, to forensic investigations.

Experiment in our state-of-the-art, dedicated science laboratories and develop your knowledge of the sciences. You will get the opportunity to study fascinating topics such as biology, chemistry, energy and our universe, forensic science, perceptions of science and scientific practical techniques. There’s also the option to study genetics and medical physics.

Why choose us?

  • Employer links
    Our team of dedicated tutors work with countless local industries to broaden our students’ career aspirations including, Warrington Pathology Department, Cheshire Police Road Traffic Department, Cheshire Fire Department, Warrington and Manchester Courts of Law, and local forensic and genetic laboratories.
  • Work placement
    You will gain fantastic opportunities by completing work experience for every year of your course. Many previous students have been offered employment as a result of this.
  • Trips and visits
    You will have the opportunity to go on a wide range of trips in order to enhance your scientific learning including, Eurofins Forensic Laboratories, Liverpool and Warrington Crown Courts, and Chester Zoo to study the psychology of animals.
  • Facilities
    Our state-of-the-art laboratory is reserved exclusively for our applied science students, and is fully kitted out with everything you will need, such as a full forensic kit for investigating crime scenes and technical equipment to carry out DNA extractions.

Career options

A career in science will open up a world of opportunities, whether you wish to work in a laboratory, hospital, factory or even a crime scene. The science industry is fast-paced and ever growing, so if you are looking for a career that could make a huge difference to the problems facing society today, this could be the course for you.


  • Analytical Chemist
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Pharmacist
  • Psychologist
  • Researcher
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Zoologist

Meet our Science tutor, Jennifer Heatherglen:

Meet our students

Sarah Hall, current science studentSarah Hall chose our applied science course because of the amazing facilities and the free college bus to our Warrington campus. Sarah hopes to study Zoology at university and has received offers from the University of Chester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford.

“If you’re thinking of coming to Warrington & Vale Royal College, don’t be afraid to ask questions if you have concerns. The Learner Services team are really friendly and offer appointments before your first day to help put a support plan in place weeks before you start.”

Meet our alumni

Most of our applied science students progress on to university to study fascinating subjects such as Forensic Science, Zoology, Chemistry and Biochemistry. Previous students have even progressed straight into employment to work in the nuclear sector.