This course offers students the opportunity to study science and to progress to a wide choice of courses at level 3. You will study a range of science subjects, together with some specialist options.
Some of the topics covered are:
You will also work towards improving your English and Maths Skills through a GCSE or Functional Skills.
This is a full time Level 2 Applied Science qualification. It develops student’s knowledge of science and a progression route into the Applied Science (Applied, Forensic or Medical Science) or any other Science related course at Level 3 such as Engineering, Health and Social Care or Sport.
However in order to be recommended to go onto these courses you must show your teacher that you are up to Level 3 work by submitting high quality assignments by the deadline.
You will be taught in a variety of ways including lectures, practical work, group and pair work as well as self-directed study.
Assessment will be by assignments, presentations, observation of practical work and practical lab written reports. Each unit studied will use one or more of these assessment methods.
You will be expected to provide your own file to keep your assignments in, calculator, ruler, HB pencil, pen and stationary but other materials will be provided.
BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Applied Science
BTEC Level 3 Diploma
In addition to the time spent in classes in College, you will be expected to spend several hours per week on self-directed study.
4 GCSEs at Grade D/3 or above including Science, English and Maths.
BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Applied Science with Functional Skills at Level 1.
You are expected to be at Level 1 in English. If you do not have a GCSE in English you will be given to opportunity to take this. Before you join the course you will take an initial assessment to determine your level.
You are expected to be at Level 1 in Mathematics. If you do not have a GCSE in Mathematics you will be given an opportunity to take this. Before/when you join the course you will take an initial assessment to determine your level.
If you are aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2023 and received free school meals when you were at school, you may be eligible to receive a free meal at College. For more information on free school meals, click here.
All our Further Education (FE) courses (Entry to Level 3) are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August 2023. For a few courses you may be expected to contribute towards the cost of specialist materials and resources. However, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the College’s Learner Support Fund. You should apply for any such financial support as soon as you have been offered a place. If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August 2023 and you are a UK/EU resident you will normally be required to pay a course fee.
The cost of your course will include tuition fees and examination fees, where applicable. Where a course requires additional specialist materials, there may be an additional cost. Some courses are cheaper than others because they are part funded by the government; some of these courses may also attract concessionary fees for some people.
If you are aged 19+ or over and studying a Level 3 course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan. To be eligible for this loan, you must have been living continuously in the UK for 3 years immediately before the start date of your course. You must also be undertaking a course of study that is at Level 3 or above, e.g. National Diploma/Certificate etc. For more information click here.
Concessionary rates are now available for learners that meet the following criteria:
For more information on fees and remission click here.
If you are on a low income you may be eligible for financial support towards tuition fees from the Discretionary Learner Support Fund.
For further information click here.
Care to learn - childcare support for young people aged 16-20
If you are aged under 20 at the beginning of your course, or moving to the 2nd year of a level 3 course, and are caring for your own child you may be entitled to £175.00 maximum per week, per child through Care to Learn.
Please ensure you register on the Care to Learn website even if you haven’t chosen your childcare provider or the course you want to study. Once you have registered Care to Learn will confirm financial support in principle.
For further details and help with making an application please visit https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or speak to a Student Advisor.
If you are aged 20+ when you start a course and need financial support to help with the cost of childcare while you study the college may be able to help.
You will be required to make use of any government NEF or 2+ Funding before requesting any financial support from the college.
It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available.
Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances.
You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria:
All childcare applicants approved for funding will be required to sign our Terms & Conditions and MUST inform the College immediately should they stop attending lessons for any reason.Email email@example.com to put your name on the childcare waiting list. You MUST speak to a member of the Student Advice or Learner Services team before you enrol on a course.
The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are on low incomes or the dependent of parents on a low income, and need support towards their course-related costs or essential living costs or are facing financial difficulty.
For further information click here.For further information on financial support for Looked after Children, Care Leavers and estranged young people, click here.