This course will give students a substantial common core of knowledge – including fundamentals of science, scientific practical techniques, working in the science industry, scientific investigations, perceptions of science and using mathematical tools in science.
You need five A* to C grades at GCSE, including two Cs at GCSE Science or an equivalent BTEC qualification.
Maths and English both need to be at grade 5/C.
Each unit will be assessed by up to 18 assignments which are internally marked then externally verified.
The science sector of the economy offers huge potential for interested students. The UK is currently regarded as a world leader in renewable energy (Good Energy, Ecotricity, Utility Warehouse); space (Surrey Satellites, UK Space Agency, Starchaser - remember Rosetta?); low carbon (Energy, Green Buildings, Fabrics, Architecture, Transport, Wind, Solar, Biomass); pharmaceutical (Glaxo SmithKline, Astra Zeneca, Lilly); utilities (EON, Scottish and Southern Power); automotive (Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, Vauxhall); agri-food (ICI, Fisons); bioscience (Wellcome Foundation); health care (NHS, Bupa); oil and gas (BP, Shell); and household chemical (Proctor and Gamble, Unilever).
Many universities offer places with applied courses. The huge benefit of this Diploma is that, with no exams, you will have a body of evidence to apply for courses really early - so increasing your chances of getting in. It is worth seeing what university courses will accept by looking at their web pages. Many require a DDM (Distinction, Distinction, Merit) pass rate.