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Science – Applied Science and Forensics Courses

Our Applied Science courses are delivered by highly qualified tutors with a range of professional experience and their expertise is valued by our students.

There are excellent resources including well-equipped laboratories and classrooms with interactive technology.

Further Education courses are designed to build and develop the skills for employment in a wide variety of roles in the scientific and healthcare industries. Our students also progress onto a range of Higher Education Programmes and a wide variety of careers across their chosen industry sector or scientific field. New apprenticeship courses are available for laboratory technicians and in pharmaceutical services.

Laboratory technicians support scientists and help carry out tests, research and investigations. You would work in areas such as forensic sciences, scientific analysis, the health service, and in education. If you are interested in practical science, testing and analysing things, this job could be perfect for you.

Forensic scientists use principles of biology, chemistry and maths, and a range of techniques, to obtain and analyse evidence from a variety of sources – including blood and other body fluids, hairs, textile fibres, glass fragments and tyre marks.

You will need to have good practical and technical skills, the ability to plan your own workload, an enquiring and analytical mind, accuracy and attention to detail a methodical approach to your work strong problem-solving skills. You can find jobs with a wide range of private and public sector organisations, such as government agencies, non-government agencies, universities, colleges and schools, hospitals, public health laboratories and forensic laboratories.

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Applied Science Level 3
Forensic and Criminal Investigation Level 3

Rebecca Benson, Applied Science

"The course is quite hands-on. It never gets boring! The tutors are very helpful, with both college work and experiments."

Jessica Tassier-Gotts, Applied Science

"This course made me fall in love with science. The tutors provide maximum support. Each piece of work we do is a challenge but completing them is so rewarding."

Cameron Rushen, Forensic and Criminal Investigation

"What I like the most is learning about the forensic side of science. It’s very enjoyable to learn and to meet new faces with the same passion for science as you."

Abigail Hiaett, Forensic and Criminal Investigation

"The course offers a more hands-on and interactive style of learning and is coursework based. I like the environment and overall facilities."

Amber Whitehorne, Forensic and Criminal Investigation

"What I like most is the practicality and hands-on learning of the course, the facilities and the support I have received throughout the entirety of my studies."