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
- Learners wishing 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.
BTEC Firsts are QCF Level 2 qualifications designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. The qualifications also provide career development opportunities for those already in work. This course includes a series of practical and theoretical topics from biology, chemistry and physics giving you enough depth and breadth to continue onto a career or course in many fields of science.
Whilst on the course, you will study 6 units such as:
- Biotechnology Procedures and Applications;
- Working in a Science-Based Organisation;
- Biology and Our Environment;
- Energy and Our Universe;
- Chemical Analysis and Detection;
- Health Applications of Life Science;
- The Living Body;
- Applications of Physical Science;
- Chemistry and Our Earth.
- 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 Edexcel This qualification is graded: Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*.
On successful completion of a level 2 BTEC First diploma in Science, learners can progress to or within employment and/or continue their study in the same or related vocational area. There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for employment in the appropriate vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a particular area of work. Some learners may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment or to progress to a Level 3 programme.
Where will this course take you? Most of the students who completed the Level 2 progress on to the Level 3 courses with an intention of doing a degree in a science related area later or NVQs such as Laboratory Science. Work in the field of science or an Apprenticeship.
- 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