Four GCSEs at grades A-G (Maths at Grade C is desirable) or a relevant Level 1 qualification at Merit level. A real interest in Science and the motivation to succeed are important. If you do not meet our requirement, please ask about our Level 1 programmes. Our Way Into Science and Forensic Science may suit you.
The Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science is a nationally recognised qualification that will help you make progress in Science. This programme will equip you with the skills, knowledge, attitude and values required to work towards a successful career in Applied Science.
Who is the course suitable for?
If you want to keep your options open to either and apprenticeship or further study, then this course may suit you well. The course is suitable for anyone wanting to use their interest in science in their work or further study.
You are going to be trained by experienced professionals who have knowledge in the fields you may be interested in. We have high professional standards and expectations of our learners.
This course prepares you with skills and knowledge in a variety of topics that will prepare you for the next level of education, Apprenticeship or a job in Applied Science. You will need to be prepared to attend college 4 days per week and attend work experience 1 day per week (gaining a total of 100 hours of work experience).
The course is laboratory based and you will develop skills and techniques to carry out experiments and analyse the results. You will study topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and Forensic Investigation.
Development of Maths and English
You will develop and use English and Mathematics throughout the course. Students who have not yet achieved at least a C grade in English and Maths will have to continue taking these subjects in order to gain qualifications in them.
Employability Skills Development
Your study programme includes 1 hour per week of employability skills development which includes Careers Education, support and guidance on progression opportunities.
How will the course be taught?
You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced scientists who will use a wide variety of teaching methods to help you to learn and progress to the next level.
Lectures, discussions, independent research and practical tasks.
How will I know how well I am doing?
Every student has a personal tutor who will meet with their tutees on a regular basis to ensure they are making good progress. Tutors make sure that you receive regular feedback, manage your workload and meet college expectations.
Much of the assessment is through coursework assignments, but there are some examinations.
Are there any additional costs?
Coming to college is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to college and potentially to a local work placement. We do recommend a few good resources that you can choose to purchase if you wish. We may request contributions are made to trips and outings.
What course can I do next?
You can progress onto Level 3 courses, such as the BTEC Level 3 Diplomas in Applied Science or Forensic Science. You may seek work or apprenticeship at junior level in companies that manufacture pharmaceuticals, food products, computer chip materials or companies that investigate causes of disease and help to combat pollution or in energy companies and those that manufacture products that use energy.
Where can I get further support / advice?
Contact the college on 01582 477 776 or go to our website: www.centralbeds.ac.uk
How do I join the course?
Fill in an application form and you will be invited for a presentation and interview with one of the tutors.
The course is free if you are 16-18. If you are 19 or over when the course begins, one of our Science courses for adults may suit you better. Send us an online enquiry or phone us so we can discuss your options with you.