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This study programme is designed for 16-19 year olds only (age 19-24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan). 

Please visit our Adult Education, Degrees and Employer section for alternative courses.

About the course

In 2020 to 2027, there is a 5.9% expected growth in Biological scientists and biochemists required along with 40% of the current workforce expected to retire in the same time period. This equates to nearly 50,000 jobs in this one sector of Applied Science alone.

By completing this course, you will gain a formal Science qualification that is recognised by universities as well as industry. It provides you with a pathway to an Apprenticeship with one of the many local employers West Suffolk College works with or the ability to progress onto numerous university course. The course is open to those progressing from Level 2 qualifications or GCSEs.

 

You will learn how to work effectively and practice advanced scientific skills. In addition to the practical skills you will develop, you will also improve your employability through the enhancement of your communication, numeracy and information technology abilities.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE Grade 4 or above including Science and English or Math 

Qualifications

You will gain an Extended Diploma in Applied Science Biomedical Sciences which is equivalent to 3 A levels 

What you'll learn (core modules)

Foundation knowledge of Biology and Chemistry

Mathematics including data handling and statistical processing

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Health & Safety in Science

Analytical Chemistry

Work experience, employability and careers

Investigation of Disease and Infection.

Essential skills including problem solving, working with others and ICT


Benefits, skills and character strengths

The course will provide you with a strong introduction to the Biomedical Sciences including a strong core in practical applied sciences with additional career focused experiences and learning. 

How will I be assessed?

This course includes both internal assessments and external exams

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

This course is delivered within the Health Sciences Area of the College which boasts state of the art laboratories and learning spaces.

Where will the course take me?

Career Opportunities - Completion of this course of study and further courses can provide a stepping stone and lead to modern apprenticeships or employment as a trainee in a wide range of science sectors.

Typical job titles - Biotechnologist, Pharmacologist, Scientific laboratory technician, Genetic counsellor, Anatomical pathology technologist, Biomedical Scientist.

 

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Application Process - You will be invited to discuss your application with us. Your application, current qualifications and interview will form part of the selection process.

Days & times

Starting September 2023


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