Science

Faculty of Science

Attendance Options: Full Time, Part Time

 

What will I study?

We offer a one year, full-time, GCSE science study programme in which you will study GCSE Biology and Chemistry alongside maths and English until you achieve a minimum of grade 4.

We also offer a two year, full-time Level 3 course in Applied Science. This qualification has been designed to give you a broad and effective insight into all areas of science. The course contains modules and subjects which will develop your knowledge and skills, and blends together a mix of theoretical and practical subjects which will equip you to cope with the demands of higher level study and the world of work.

If you need to resit one of the GCSE sciences, you have the opportunity to do this alongside any of the study programmes on offer. Many job roles or degree courses require a minimum of a grade 4 GSCE in a science subject, so we provide the opportunity to either improve your grade or study a science subject for the first time. As these GCSE's are completed in one year, we require all applicants to undertake an assessment before being offered an unconditional place on the course. Classes are offered both day and evening, once per week.


How will I be assessed?

Level 2: The course is  externally assessed through examinations.  

Level 3: The course is both externally and internally assesses through a series of practical assessments, assignments, report writing and exams.

GCSE Biology, Physics and Chemistry: All assessment is externally set, and includes exams and practical assessments.


What will this lead to?

Science Study Programme: Successful completion of this course can offer progression to a Level 3 in Applied Science (Applied, Forensic or Medical Science) or on to one of our new and exciting T Level courses.

Applied Science Level 3: On completion of this course you may be able to progress to a wide variety of courses in higher education, such as Biomedical/Medical Sciences, Radiography, Biochemistry, Nursing or Forensic Science.

Alternatively, students can progress into employment (e.g. at technician level) and/or onto an Apprenticeship.

GCSE Biology, Physics and Chemistry: this may support an application to T levels, higher education, employment or an Apprenticeship.


Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & Maths assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both English and Maths

T Level 
Minimum of 5 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 5 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 5 in a GCSE Science subject.

 

How to apply

You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.

You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -

To register your interest - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/

To apply for a vacancy - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeship-vacancies/

 

 

 


Cost

Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.