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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 2282.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Course Content

Units cover:

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Working in the Science Industry
  • Scientific Practical Techniques
  • Using Mathematical Tools
  • Using Statistics in Science
  • Physiology of the Human Body
  • Biochemistry

How will I be assessed?

Each unit will be assessed by up to 18 assignments which are internally marked then externally verified.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


What can I do after this course?


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).

Further study  

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.


This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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