As part of the course you will develop the practical techniques required when working in a laboratory such as: investigating the quantities necessary in chemical reactions, structure and function of various cells & parts of the human body, and the calorific value of different fuels. The main project of the course is choosing a topic of interest to carry out scientific research, setting up an idea, testing it and then reporting the findings at a level suitable for university. Much of the content is similar to the A Level sciences, assessed through assignments, practical work and exams. Part of the course is taught online therefore also improving your IT skills. You will also be required to arrange and undertake work experience throughout your two years of study. The course is designed to build highly sought after employability skills such as teamwork, project management and independent research to name a few. The college has links to various local universities and students have the opportunity to participate in workshops in the biomedical science labs at some of these.
Key units studied include:
• Principles and application of science I
• Scientific investigation skills
• Scientific techniques
• Laboratory techniques and their application
• Investigative project
• Contemporary issues in science
• Principles and application of science II Optional units may include:
• Genetics and genetic engineering
• Industrial chemical reactions
• Biomedical science
• Applications of organic chemistry
• Physiology of the human body system
• Electrical circuits and engineering
You will need either:
• Four GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English, Science and Maths.
• BTEC in Applied Science Level 2 with overall merit or distinction grades and GCSE Maths & English at Grade 4 or above You will also need to undertake an interview prior to enrolment.
Upon completion of this course you will be able to apply to universities for a range of applied science based degrees. Previous students from this course have progressed onto degrees in areas such as:
• Chemistry with analytical science
• Biomedical science
• Chemical engineering
• Petroleum engineering
• Pharmaceutical science
• Forensic science
• Computer science
• Counselling This qualification is primarily designed to support progression to employment after further study at university. However, it also supports those choosing to progress directly to employment. The transferable knowledge, understanding and skills will give successful students an advantage when applying for a range of entry-level industry training programmes/higher apprenticeships in areas such as laboratory, industrial or medical technicians. You could look for laboratory work in hospitals, research, schools or quality control.