What is the course about?
Are you curious about the world around you and interested in making scientific discoveries? This broad science course will equip you with the skills you need to secure a career in this dynamic sector.
This course covers a wide range of aspects, including the make-up of cells, disease and infection, nanomaterials, the microbial world, and forensic investigations. Experiment in our state-of-the-art, dedicated science laboratory and develop your knowledge of biology, chemistry, and physics.
Why should I choose the course?
Throughout this exciting course you will cover various science subjects over a two-year period. As part of the course, you will be learning about human anatomy and physiology, the microbial world, chemical laboratory techniques, waves used in communication, and planning and carrying out your own scientific investigation. You will develop practical and deductive reasoning skills as you study.
What will I learn?
In this physics, biology, and chemistry-based course you will study fascinating topics such as:
- Principles and applications of science
- Physiology of the human body
- Diseases and infections
- Science investigation skills
- Laboratory techniques and their application.
- Principles and applications of science II
- Microbiology and microbiological techniques
- Contemporary issues in science
- Investigative project
- Materials science
- Medical physics.
For certain students, there may be an additional research project integrated over two years, which at the end counts for the equivalent UCAS points of an A/S level. The content and title of the project is up to the individual student but will be based firmly within the science arena.
The course is assessed via assignments, practical assignments, and two external assessments, which are completed throughout the year.
What will the course lead on to?
A career in science will open a world of opportunities, whether you wish to work in a laboratory, hospital, industry, environmental, research, or forensics. The science industry is fast-paced and ever growing, so if you’re looking for a career that could make a huge difference to the problems facing society today, this could be the course for you.
You can progress on to a range of science related careers, including for example a science technician (medical or industry). Alternatively, you could go on to study towards a higher education qualification at college or university.
This course will prepare you to take higher education courses (degree / HND) within or related to:
Are there any links with industry and university?
Our team of dedicated tutors work with countless local industries to broaden our students’ perspectives. We have previously worked with Warrington Pathology Department, Cheshire Police Road Traffic Department, Cheshire Fire Department, Warrington and Manchester Courts of Law, and local forensic and genetic laboratories. In order to enhance your employability or university prospects upon leaving the course, you will complete one week’s work experience for every year of your course. Previous students have gained exciting opportunities, for example at NHS pathology, biochemists, robotics labs, undertakers, United Utilities labs and PQ Corporation. Students have even been offered full-time roles following their placements as an alternative to university study.
What support is available?
You will be allocated a progress coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and progress on to your chosen career or progression path. We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.
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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?
During your time at the college, you will have the opportunity to take part in activities that will enrich your time here alongside your course. You can actively participate in activities to boost your skills in equality and diversity, confidence, leadership, teamwork, health and wellbeing, and self-motivation, which can all help to enhance your employability.
Our science laboratory is reserved exclusively for students studying Applied Science (not used by any other courses or outside agencies), so it is free to use and experiment in at your leisure.
Trips and visits are also an integral part of this course. Examples of previous trips include The Human Body Revealed at Liverpool One and a laboratory tour at LGC Forensics. You will also have the opportunity to regularly hear from guest speakers to further your academic experience. For example, the University of Bolton have previously wowed our students with a workshop on tissue engineering.
The college takes input from local employers’ forums to ensure we are informed of the requirements of local industry. This means, upon completing your course, you will have the relevant skill set that employers are looking for.
What are the entry requirements?
Minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including maths, English and science (or level 2 adult literacy and numeracy, or successful completion of a level 2 course with functional skills maths and English). (Accepted science equivalent - merit at BTEC first diploma).
Applicants who do not meet these entry requirements will be assessed on an individual basis by the curriculum manager and curriculum director.
Are there any additional costs associated with the course?
Costs will be kept to a minimum, however you should expect to contribute to trips and visits, and you will be required to wear a uniform top. We have a recommended reading list of relevant science/forensic books which you shall be informed of on commencement of the course. You will also need stationary, USB pen drive / memory stick, scientific calculator, and money for printing.
Monday 23 May 2022
08:30 - 17:00
Warrington & Winsford campuses
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