16-18 Year Olds


This course looks at developing laboratory, investigation and Science based skills. It is made up of units in Biology, Chemistry, Criminology, Forensic Science & Psychology. This course is for you if you have an interest in Science or wish to enter into either a Science, Forensic, Police or Criminology based career route.

Entry Requirements

For this course you will need to have achieved 4 GCSEs Grade A*-C including maths and english at grade 4-9 or prior achievement at level 2. to include Science at grade B or above subject to awarding body conditions.

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.


Core Units:
• Principles and applications of science 1
• Practical science procedures and techniques
• Science investigation skills
• Laboratory techniques and their applications
• Principles and applications of science 2
• Contemporary issues in science

Specialist Units:
• Physiology of human body symptoms
• Human regulation and reproduction
• Genetics and genetic engineering
• Applications of organic chemistry
• Practical chemical analysis
• Applications of un-organic chemistry

You will complete a range of both practical and research based activities as well as attending a number of visits which include local magistrates courts and microbiology laborotories.

Alongside your main programme of study you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skills in English and Maths if you have not achieved a GCSE grade C or 4 or above. If you have achieved a grade C or 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths, you will engage in extending these skills through a Directed Study Programme.


All assessment is through a combination of coursework and examinations. This can take the form of presentations, lab reports, essays, practical experiments and group work activities.

GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications are assessed through external examination and portfolio work.

Awarding body



On successful achievement of this course you may wish to:
• Apply to study a Higher National qualification in Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry at Macclesfield College or other Higher Education courses with another provider
• Apply to study courses such as biomedical sciences, physiotherapy and criminology
• Pursue a career within science related areas

Additional information

Additional help and support is available should you require this and you can discuss this further at your admissions interview.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410002.

Duration and Times

Start date: 02/09/2020

End date: 25/06/2021

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Days of week: TBA

Number of Weeks: 33

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