Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.
Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.
If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.
If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.
International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.
For more information, see our guide to fees.
Learners study this course in preparation:
- for employment in Science
- to gain a Level 2 qualification to support further study in Further Education (FE) in Science
It’s designed as a one-year, full-time course of study
Learners will study one mandatory unit and a range of optional units. Each unit is worth 5 -10 credits which will makes up the required 60 credits for the Diploma.
- New modern laboratories
- Industry visits and talks offered on your programme, field trips
- Work placements available
Learners will have access to:
- scientific magazines
- the internet, relevant DVDs, simulation models
- a well-equipped laboratory
- materials/apparatus/equipment and/or laboratory instruments/sensors
- computers, DVDs and suitable texts, appropriate science and maths software packages to name a few
4 GCSEs grade D (grade 3) including Maths and English, Core and Additional Science at grade DD (3,3), or a Level 1 Diploma in Science in Applied Science together with GCSE grade D (grade 3) in Maths and English or a level 1 FS in Maths and English alongside the Level 1 Diploma in Applied Science. A satisfactory reference may be required and be successful at interview.
This qualification is:
- internally assessed by centre assessors and quality assurance personnel
- externally moderated by OCR Visiting Moderators This qualification is graded: Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction.
Students completing their Level 2 Diploma in Science will be aiming to go on to employment, or level 3 course in Applied Science or an apprenticeship. Most of our learners progress onto the level 3 course
You will be taught by specialist teachers, within science labs Learning will take place via group projects, student portfolios, and class participation, field trip, practical sessions, visits. Learning will take place through experiments, case studies, research, interactive tools, blended and flipped learning.
The following methods of assessment are considered suitable for these qualifications:
- observation of practice, including video or DVD recording
- questioning the learner
- examining written evidence such as assignments, tasks, planning
- examining evidence from others such as witness statements