Key Details

  • Available at
    Bangor
  • Level
    3
  • Study Mode
    Full-time
  • Programme Area
    International, Science (Applied)
  • Course Length

    2 years (4 days a week)

  • Course Type
    Full-Time (Further Education)
  • Bilingual
    n/a

Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop/chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

As part of your programme of study, you will complete a Level 3 Applied Science qualification. This will provide the knowledge, understanding and skills for learners wishing to enter a career as a science technician in the areas of laboratory and industrial science, medical science service or the forensic science service.

This programme of study will provide you with access to more specialist units and therefore broadens and deepens your experience in preparation for the world of work.

It also provides progression to higher education vocational qualifications such as a Higher National Certificate/Diploma, a Foundation degree or an Honours degree.

Entry Criteria

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language and Maths. GCSE Double Award Science at grade CC or GCSE Biology and GCSE Chemistry grade C.
  • GCSE Applied Science / BTEC Applied Science at Merit
  • Relevant industry experience

You will also require an attendance level of 86% in your previous year of study.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.

Delivery

Approximately 50% of the time will be spent looking at the basic concepts and using them.

Classwork will often start off by looking at the relevant notes together as a group, adding key facts and emphasising particular points. This will be followed up by looking at problems either in small groups or individually.

The remaining time will be practically based, working on experiments closely linked to the theory covered.

Assessment

This is a practical, work-based course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic work place activities and demands. There are 18 units to complete.

Progression

Successful completion provides progression to employment. If you want to get a job straight away, you could work in areas such as:

  • the Science industry
  • a laboratory as a technician
  • a hospital

Alternatively, you could continue into higher education to study a vocational qualification such as a Higher National Certificate/Diploma, a Foundation degree or an Honours degree, in subjects such as:

  • Forensic Science
  • Applied Science
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Social Policy
  • Photography
  • Nursing
  • Radiography
  • Applied Chemistry

At Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, you would be able to progress onto the BA (Hons) Public and Social Policy, or the Foundation Degree (FdSc) Policing.

Would you like to apply for this course?