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This course is designed primarily for young people aged 14-19 who may wish to explore a vocational route in Science. The course leads to an understanding of how science can be applied in a vocational/work setting. It does not give you all the skills you will need to do a job, but it does mean you have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that are relevant to your chosen area of work.

This course contains mandatory and optional units. The units cover Chemistry, Biology and Physics. You will be taught in our new laboratories and will have the opportunity to gain work experience and go on educational visits. If you need to improve your English or Maths qualifications, this can take place alongside this course.

You will work to complete written assignments and practical investigations to complete a range of practical and theory based units based on the following:

The Nature and Applications of Energy, Waves and Radiation The Study of Living Systems Concepts and Techniques for Chemistry Forensic Detection Electronics in Action Carrying out a Science or Technology Project

If you have not yet achieved a grade C (or above) in GCSE English and maths, you will be required to attend GCSE resit sessions (if you achieved grade D) or functional skills sessions (if you achieved grade E or below).

This evening course is designed to accommodate you if you wish to obtain a general certificate in Foundation GCSE Science and you are working during the day. The maximum grade achievable is a C grade.

The AQA GCSE (4405 specification A, Route 1) Core Science course involves three units of study:

  • The Physics unit centres upon heat and energy, electricity, waves, radioactivity and the universe;
  • The Biology unit develops ideas about keeping healthy and body changes. It moves on to drug use and abuse, habitats and variations in species, it also deals with the impact of humans on the environment;
  • The Chemistry unit examines rocks, fuels, polymers plant oils, the earth and its atmosphere.

If you are 19+ wishing to progress to Higher Education, then the Access to HE Diploma in Science has been designed for you to gain the necessary qualifications to fast track to a science degree at university. This course is an academic course which will help you to gain the necessary educational background and to update your skills and knowledge in laboratory work.

In order to achieve the Access Diploma, you will have to achieve 60 credits; 45 of which will give you an increased understanding of all three science subjects at level 3. You will also be carrying out research and developing your core skills in literacy and numeracy.

The HNC in Applied Biology is intended to offer students who have gained a relevant science subject at level 3 or are employed in a relevant workplace a route into higher education. Not all students want or are able to attend university and not all students want to commit to a three year higher education programme. The HNC in Applied Biology at Havering College offers a local, value for money introduction to higher education.

The HNC in Applied Biology provides:

  • the education and training of students and relevant personnel employed in a range of workplaces, such as veterinary and biomedical diagnostics, nutrition, laboratory analysis, research and development, education, etc.
  • a standard, national, vocationally specific qualification at Level 4, which provides links to the National Occupational Standards and the professional body.
  • a nationally-recognised, vocationally-specific qualification that will provide confidence to employers recruiting applied biology technologists that holders of the qualification possess the requisite knowledge, understanding and skills.
  • a qualification that will be assessed to national, transparent standards and thus provide confidence to those recruiting to more advanced higher education vocational qualifications such as a full-time degree in Applied Biology or related area.
  • an appropriate programme of study that ensures full understanding of the role of the applied biology technologist. This includes an understanding of the role at departmental/section level as well as an appreciation of how the role and that of the department/section fits within the overall structure of their organisation and within the scientific and local community.

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