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About the course

This course is designed to provide an insight into the Science behind how our world works. You study, research and gain first hand experience about a vast range of scientific areas from planning investigations, the movement of the earth under our feet, to the impact of food miles on the environment and what science is doing to meet the worldwide food shortage. Links are made to current working practices used within related industries through speakers, visits and work experience undertaken by learners.

Entry requirements

Four GCSE's Grade D or above, to include maths or English at Grade D (3) and a Science Grade D (3). All courses require an interview.

Qualifications

Level 2 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Science.

What you'll learn (core modules)

You will gain an understanding and knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Physics alongside improving your practical skills, problem solving and communications skills. You will complete assignments on a broad range of topics along with planning and carrying out your own investigations. Units include topics such as health and safety in the laboratory, the movement of the earth under our feet, to the impact of food miles on the environment and what science is doing to meet the worldwide food shortage. The course mixes theory and practical skills that are taught by an experienced team who have industry based backgrounds.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE 9 to 4 or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year, until achieved.

Benefits, skills and character strengths

Through your Science studies at West Suffolk College you will have gained industry relevant, practical investigative skills, that will enable you to pursue a career in scientific industries or continue onto to study science at a higher level. Science gives you a great opportunity to develop transferrable skills such your critical thinking skills, through problem solving and designing investigations. When developing protocols, you may not get it right first time, but have to return to the drawing board and adapt your plans before trying again, developing character strengths such as resilience too. We give our students the opportunity to grow in confidence and ability to communicate their ideas through presentations work in house and external public engagement events throughout the year.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

You will require a calculator, memory stick, notebook/line paper, pen/pencils/coloured pens/highlighters and poly pockets. Relevant books to the course are available in the library to support your learning.

Where will the course take me?

You may choose from further courses at West Suffolk College, such as Level 3 Applied Science, Level 3 Animal Care or Laboratory Technician Apprentiships. Other related areas they could move on into are courses in Sports Science, Health and Social Care along with Hair and Beauty.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

You will require a calculator, memory stick, notebook/line paper, pen/pencils/coloured pens/highlighters and poly pockets.

Relevant books are available in the library to support your learning.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Please apply using the online system, if you require more information please use the enquiry facility or come and speak to the science team at one of our open events. 

Days & times

Starting September 2020


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