Do you want get on in the science sector but need to brush on some skills before you can move onto a level 3 course? Our one year intensive course covers GCSE English and maths plus the three separate sciences: GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics. This is an interesting, enjoyable yet demanding course that enables students to improve upon their previous GCSE grades.
You will have the opportunity to enhance your understanding of scientific theory and its applications alongside developing your practical skills.
If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.
What You'll Learn
The syllabus covered for each of the sciences consists of a subject core and extension material.
The biology GCSE covers topics including genetics, cells, environmental studies, human behaviour and biotechnology.
The chemistry GCSE covers topics including atomic structure, chemical reactions, chemical synthesis and modern applications.
The physics GCSE covers topics including space exploration, electricity, mechanics, radioactivity and medical physics.
If you need to you also study GCSE English and maths. If you’ve already got one or both of these you’ll continue to develop your English and math skills as part of the programme, as well as developing your interpersonal and digital skills. You will have a learning coach and academic tutor and be able to take part in a wide range of enrichment activities.
You must be aged between 16-18. Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 3 (D) plus two other subjects at grade 3 or above is required.
How you will be assessed
You will be assessed regularly throughout the year by your tutors; four of these assessments will be at the end of each module. There will be formal progress points so we can set academic targets and work with you to achieve them.
There are end-of-year external examinations set for each GCSE that are assessed by the awarding body; these are usually in May/June.
Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00
If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.
For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.
Course and Career progression
This course can lead directly onto level 3 programmes such as the T Level technical qualifications health or sciences. Alternatively, you may choose the level 3 applied sciences route, You may also wish to take an apprenticeship within this industry, or seek employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the sector.
What Happens Next
Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16(PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications and employment history, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.