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Suitable for 16-18
Level 2
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 36 weeks
Subject area Humanities & Science
  • 05 Sep 2022
  • Stratford Campus

This course will give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of scientific principles and practice and develop a range of related skills and techniques that are essential for successful performance in working life.

Course description

Throughout this course, you will cover the key scientific principles within the field of biology, chemistry and physics and will benefit from a practical and applied approach to learning in a vocational context covering modules such as principles of science, energy and our universe and biology and our environment.

This course builds on the experience gained studying at Level 1 and prepares learners for the next stage.

You will learn in a variety of ways - through talks and demonstrations, by completing classroom practical’s and exercises. There will also be independent study and your progress will be evaluated via 100% assessment coursework.

The course includes industry research and essay writing, the development of investigation skills and exposure to a range of the employability options within Science. English, maths and IT will form an integral part of your studies on the course and wherever possible potential visits to employers and the science museum will also be conducted.

The course is based at Newham College's Stratford campus (ten minutes from Stratford tube station) in modern, well-equipped practice laboratories.

Additional information

Entry requirements

In addition to having a Level 1 qualification in Science, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Evidence of an understanding of the three branches of Science.
  • Understanding of how to work safely and sensibly in a scientific environment.
  • Evidence of a willingness to learn and a professional approach.
  • Record of good attendance at previous establishment.


The course will develop your understanding of the scientific industry and will enable you to progress on to further study on the BTEC Level 3 programmes or A levels. Learners will also be eligible to gain entry-level employment within a wide range of science sectors such as process, industrial, medical, or forensic.

Further study will open up additional career opportunities, including eligibility to join NVQ programmes such as the Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities or Laboratory Science.

Fees and funding

This course is free for students aged 16-18. The course fee for adults (19+) is TBC.

If you are aged 19+, how much you pay for your course and any additional costs will depend on a number of factors. Learn more about course fees and finances.

We have a range of financial support options available to help you while you’re studying. Find out what support you may be eligible for.

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