Science, social science and humanities

Science, social science and humanities

From BTEC diplomas to Access programmes, we offer science-based courses at levels 2, and 3. Courses cover essential elements of all three of the main science disciplines: biology, chemistry, and physics. Our BTEC courses are focussed on employment and working in the science industry (for example as a technician, or in the fields of engineering, pharmacology, forensics or other scientific industries), while our pre-Access and Access programmes will enable you to apply for entry to a science-based degree at university.

Who are Leicester College’s Science, social science and humanities courses for?

Courses are open to anyone from school leavers to adult learners looking for a career change, and we can help you find the appropriate level of course for you based on your existing qualifications and work experience. Learners aged 16-19 will follow a study programme which will include GCSE or functional skills English and maths if you don’t already have your grade 4 (C). Our science Access courses are aimed at learners aged 19+ who wish to go on to study science at university, and we also offer pre-Access science diplomas if you still need to obtain your English and maths GCSEs. For students from non-English speaking countries, we also offer one-year international foundation programmes in science which allow you to work on your English language skills while studying your chosen subject.

Further information

Work experience forms part of many full-time courses. Day trips and other enrichment activities may also be offered to complement your studies. Please note that Access diplomas in science do not allow entry to competitive degrees such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physics, or maths. However, past learners have been accepted to foundation degrees in both maths and physics.

Lauren Cowie

Lauren Cowie

BTEC Business and Marketing, A-level Sociology

"I’m now a Junior Project Manager at a technology company in Central London. Leicester College helped me to see that there are qualifications aside from A-Levels which are valuable and worthwhile. I believe the knowledge I gained was helpful in my degree choice and career."

Applied Science BTEC Extended Diploma level 3

Course Code: C5190

Key Information

  • Start Date 07 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This is a two-year, full-time course (equivalent to three A levels) which will allow you to apply afterwards for a degree or to enter the sector workforce. The course incorporates a thorough grounding in the latest industry requirements and develops work-ready skills such as teamwork and experience of research, extended writing and meeting deadlines. The […]

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Applied Sciences BTEC National Foundation Diploma level 3

Course Code: C6321

Key Information

  • Start Date 07 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This is a one year course which provides high quality preparation for progression on to either an apprenticeship or the Applied Science Extended Diploma level 3. This qualification is equivalent to 1.5 A levels and could also be combined with A levels already achieved for progression to higher education. The course is designed to incorporate […]

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Health Professions Access to Higher Education Diploma level 3

Course Code: C0441

Key Information

  • Start Date 07 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This is a challenging and intensive course of study which prepares you to apply for nursing, midwifery and other health-related degree courses in higher education. You will need to demonstrate experience of work roles, responsibilities and skills, and/or unpaid work including volunteering, in a health care involvement. You will study alongside adults (everyone on the […]

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Science Access to Higher Education Diploma level 3

Course Code: C0099

Key Information

  • Start Date 07 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

Access to higher education courses are designed to give mature learners (19+) the opportunity to return to study and apply for higher education (HE) courses. This is an intensive, challenging, one year science programme, so you will need to demonstrate high levels of motivation from the outset. Full attendance and excellent punctuality are essential to […]

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Social Science Access to Higher Education Diploma level 3

Course Code: C0098

Key Information

  • Start Date 07 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

Access to higher education courses are designed to give mature, motivated, and academically-focused adult learners an opportunity to return to study and apply for higher education university courses. Access courses are very demanding but very rewarding; you will need lots of commitment and a positive attitude to learning new skills and gaining knowledge. The course […]

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