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Level 3

The Level 3 Forensic and Criminal Investigation Foundation Diploma is an exciting and innovative course being offered here at West Suffolk College.  Students will study the core concepts of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation for some of their time with the remaining time being devoted to the more traditional sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  This breadth of study will allow students the opportunity to pursue careers in both scientific and social science disciplines so is ideal for those students who want to branch out. Students will complete both coursework and exams in the first year, with some of the coursework being under exam conditions. Students will then study the full Forensic and Criminal Investigation Extended Diploma in their second year. Here at WSC, we endeavour to do as much practical work as we can and students can look forward to modules such as Forensic Fire Investigation, Criminological Theories, Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice and Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation, including use of the purpose built Crime Scene Room.

West Suffolk College is a member of the Royal Society of Biology School and Colleges Affiliation Scheme

This course provides a Level 3 foundation to learning in the Health Science sector, providing a valuable balanced qualification for progression into higher level Health Science courses such as Degree's.  apprenticeships or employment. There is an emphasis on applied sciences within the course to support students who are interested in clinical career aspirations.  A compulsory part of the course is work placement and you will need to complete in the region of 75 hours per year within the course. Work placement is organised by the work placement team. It is a full time course. You attend college three days per week, and one day are out in placement. You will get the opportunity to work in a variety of Health Sciences Settings.

 

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This  one year course is suitable for those seeking to work professionally in the Health and care sector, providing a valuable foundation for progression onto university degree courses or employment. This course is an excellent choice for students interested in healthcare careers - nursing, midwifery, paramedic technician, physiotherapy.

Learners are likely to have already gained qualifications at Level 3 or A level and may be considering a change in their career direction and seek to enhance their learning and university application through taking this one year course The course is equivalent to up to 1.5 A levels  and additionally provides the important work placement to enhance applications to advanced study. 

One of the benefits of studying this course  at college is the professional qualifications of all the teaching staff. The course is delivered by nurses, midwives,  and other teachers who are professionally qualified in their field such as additional needs specialist teachers.

Students gain an excellent understanding of the professional values of the sector because all of our tutors have worked within the health and social care industry.

A valuable  part of the course is work placement and you will need to complete 100 hours, the college have dedicated work placement team to support organizing placements. .

It is a full time course. You attend college three days per week and additionally usually one day is out in placement throughout the college year. 

This work placement offers the opportunity to work in a variety of adult health and social care settings.

 

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An Advanced Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows you to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience while being paid to do so. Along with functional and personal skills that are needed for your immediate job and future career you will learn through a mix of project based learning in the workplace, formal off the job training, and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.

Laboratory technicians work in a wide range of organisations, including but not exclusively, chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies; and analytical science services. A laboratory technician may carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation. In any context working safety and ethically is paramount and many companies operate under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control the quality and safety of products, for example medicines. Laboratory technicians are expected to work both individually and as part of a laboratory team. They are able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that is undertaken. They are proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business.

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (1080) in Animal Management is a full-time vocational course studied over two years, three days a week. It is designed to provide you with a very wide range of technical practical skills and detailed knowledge and understanding which will equip you to seek a diverse range of employment opportunities, or to further learning and training within the animal care and management industries. This course provides UCAS points for university entry.  This 'Pre-Veterinary Science' route has been specifically designed to provide learners with the subject knowledge required for further study in Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Science, Biological Sciences or Veterinary Nursing. 

 

This mainly theory based study programme, includes some practical based learning in addition to the further development of both English and Maths (if applicable). You will have the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to assist with the care and health and well-being of a wide range of animals safely and with confidence, including domestic mammals, livestock and exotic mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and fish. The courses will also include trips to businesses associated with the animal industry, as well as input from visiting speakers and current employers.

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