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Entry Requirements

You will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 including GCSE Maths or English Language

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Full time

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1 academic year

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Key features and Benefits

  • Enjoy guest speakers from the world of maths, astrophysics, cosmology, quantum physics, researchers, nurses, doctors and forensic scientists
  • Learn directly from tutors who are experts within the field of Science
  • Take advantage of work placement and shadowing opportunities with the NHS
  • Learn in our professional scientific laboratories

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Applied Science, Level 2 is appropriate for you is you wish to pursue a career in most industries where a scientist is essential for research and development, quality control and hygiene or for those who wish to study science at university.

You will study in our well-equipped science laboratories within the sixth form centre.  This one-year course will provide you with a baseline understanding of biology, chemistry, physics and forensic psychology.

The course is equivalent to four GCSEs.

During your time at Blackburn College you will be able to take the opportunity to upgrade your GCSE Maths and/or English Language results.

What will I study?

  • Skills and knowledge from across the main scientific disciplines (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) will be delivered via 12 units of study which include:

    • Principles of Science
    • Chemistry and Our Earth
    • Energy and Our Universe
    • Biology and Our Environment
    • Applications of Chemical Substances
    • Applications of Physical Science
    • Health Applications of Life Science
    • Scientific Skills
    • Understanding Human Behaviour
    • The Living Body
    • Chemical Analysis and Detection
    • Electronics in Action

    You will participate in the work experience week in the summer and have the opportunity to go on various trips throughout the year.

Entry Requirements

To study A-Level Accounting you will need 5 x C/4  grades at GCSE, one of which needs to be  GCSE English Language.  Please note that for A-Level Accounting you will need a grade B /5 in Maths.

How will I be assessed?

Principles of Science and scientific skills units are externally assessed via examination in March with a chance of a resit to improve your grade in May.

All the other units are internally assessed via coursework, with an opportunity of improving your grade by resubmitting your work.

You will also get an opportunity to improve your GCSE English Language and/or Maths grade by examination in June.

What can I do next?

Next Steps

On completion of this course, you may:

  • Find employment in the science industry
  • Start an Apprenticeship in an appropriate sector
  • Progress onto the Level 3 Applied science course (subject to satisfactory completion of all aspects of this course), with a view to studying a relevant degree at university.


Career Options?

Past students have completed this course and progressed onto the Level 3 Applied science and then gone onto university to study:

  • Human Biology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Aviation Studies
  • Pharmacology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Pharmacy

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Biomedical Scientist

Biomedical scientists test samples from patients to support doctors and healthcare professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. If you enjoy science and you are interested in medicine and health care, this could be a great job choice for you.

As a biomedical scientist you will need to have an enquiring mind and be good at solving problems. You will need to be able to concentrate for long periods of time and have good attention to detail.

To work as a biomedical scientist you will need a BSc (Hons) degree accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). You will also need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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