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This one-year intensive course enables students to gain a good foundation of knowledge and skills in biology chemistry and physics at GCSE level. Students will achieve a total of three GCSEs at the end of this qualification. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world's future prosperity. Students will learn essential aspects of the knowledge methods processes and uses of science. Students will also gain an appreciation of how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a small number of key ideas that relate to the sciences; and that are both inter-linked and of universal application. In addition to Biology Chemistry and Physics students will be expected to complete a study programme consisting tutorials enrichment and work experience. Students who have not passed their English and Maths GCSEs will be expected to complete it as part of a study programme.

  • Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements

    Four GCSEs minimum at a mix of grade 3 and 4 or equivalent.

    Assessment Method

    All units are internally assessed. You will be assessed using a variety of methods such as: carrying out practical tasks written assignments presenting information that you have gathered keeping working logbooks records and reflective journals taking part in oral or written presentations taking part in role play interviews and other activities.

    Aims of the course

    The aims of this course are to give you the core skills such as being organised that you will need to progress within your chosen field. You will also study sector units which will give you the opportunity to take the skills you've built up in the core units and showcase what you know and understand about the science sector.

    Progression Opportunities

    Upon completing your Level 1 Introductory qualification you will have a wide choice of progression routes available including further learning apprenticeships and employment. Many learners will progress onto Level 2 Technical qualifications designed around giving learners the skills they will need to progress in their career. BTEC Level 2 Technical courses could be an ideal progression route for Level 1 learners.


    The course will be delivered in the classroom and in our specialised science laboratories.

    Career Options

    With further study this course will allow you to access further Science qualifications and lead ultimately to careers within any of the science fields. You could work in a laboratory setting in forensic Science food technology or the biomedical field for example.

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 35 weeks
Start Date 02/09/2024
End Date 27/06/2025
Course Code 4SCAE9S0


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16-18 Free
19-24 £ 362
24+ Please Enquire
International £9,000
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