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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.

Introduction

The UK government sees STEM skills as crucial for the country's productivity. It has spent almost £1billion over the last ten years on initiatives to encourage the uptake of STEM subjects.

Despite this, shortages of technical-level skills in sectors that depend on STEM subjects have been identified. These skills shortages have been described by the government as 'one of our key economic problems' and with the exit from the European Union on the horizon, there are worries that these problems could be exacerbated.

There's a definite need for STEM skills and graduates and our courses will give you the skills and knowledge to progress into a range of different scientific disciplines. There is a diverse range of scientific skills and expertise within the team, allowing the teaching team to draw on both their academic and industrial experience. We aim to provide students with a range of enrichment activities throughout the year to provide additional context and enhance your learning experience.

Our courses provide you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to progress onto your chosen profession within Science.

Where could it take me?

The applied science sector is becoming increasingly diverse and many industries use these skill sets such as:

  • Biomedical Science
  • Laboratory Technicians across multiple disciplines
  • Forensic Science/Crime Scene Investigation
  • Analytical Science
  • Toxicology
  • Environmental Science
  • Quality control and Assurance
  • Psychology/Criminology/Probation Service
  • Health and Safety officers
  • Actuaries, economists and statisticians
  • Teaching and other educational professionals

Courses

Level 3 Laboratory T Level Science Course Content

Foundation knowledge of Biology and Chemistry

Mathematics including data handling and statistical processing

Analytical Biology

Health & Safety in Science

Analytical Chemistry

Employability and careers

Essential skills including problem solving, working with others and ICT

Industry Placement (315 hours or 45 days)

Level 3 Forensic and Criminal Investigation Course Content

Foundation knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Environmental Forensics

Analytical Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Forensic Photography

Forensic Genetics

Forensic Anthropology

Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice

Essential skills including problem solving, working with others and ICT

Work experience, employability and careers

Criminology

Level 3 Biomedical Science Course Content

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

Level 3 Environmental Science Course Content

Science Fundamentals

Laboratory Techniques

Scientific Research Techniques

Scientific Analysis and Reporting

Global Scientific Information

Control of Hazards in the lab

Environmental Surveying

Environmental Management

Conservation of Biodiversity

Waste Management

Sustainability and Renewable Energy

Conditions for Life on Earth

Microbiology

Crop Production and Soil Science

Environmental Management Project

Foundation to Science Course Content

Foundation knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Science in Medicine

Understanding of our environment

Biotechnology procedures and Applications

Practical Scientific Skills

Investigating a Crime Scene

Life Sciences

Understanding Human Behaviour

The living body (Biomed pathway)

Foundation Knowledge of Analytical Chemistry (Forensic Pathway)

What can I do next?

You can progress in a multitude of ways from one of our science courses. Many students progress onto university, studying a variety of courses dependent on their interests and future goals. This has included such diverse subjects as Biomedical Science, Midwifery, Law, Environmental, Forensic Science, Psychology, Sport and Nutrition and many more.

Previous students have also progressed onto be Apprentice Laboratory Technicians in a multitude of industries, gaining valuable work experience and the opportunity to study to degree level as well.

Science qualifications also open many doors into industries that are not traditionally considered part of the science or STEM world as students have lots of transferable skills which can apply to virtually any industry.

Industry statistics

In 2020 – 2027, there is a 5.9% expected growth in specialist scientist roles creating 6,300 biomedical jobs. In the same period, 40.3% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 42,600 new job openings. In the same time frame, 37% in the CSI/Policing roles will be required in addition to 40% of the current workforce expected to retire equating to an approximation of 42,000 and 65,000 new roles within the field of Biomedical and Forensic Science. Environmental professionals expect to see a 5.1% growth and 39.9% of the workforce is expected to retire from 2020-2027 creating more than 16,800 jobs.

Typical careers

Typical careers vary by Scientific area but there are significant numbers either currently available or projected to become available. Salary is dependent on the field and the seniority of the post you are working in.

Positive ending

In the current climate, science couldn't be more important. Our world is rapidly changing and we face a variety of challenges from secure food and water supplies, clean air and pollution, medical and scientific advances as well as social, ethical and economic impacts on our world.

Days & times

Starting September 2022


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