Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Applied Science - Level 3

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Course Code: FE0127-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Open to international students Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2 Years

Course aims

Do you want to gain the skills and knowledge to work within the science sector? This course, taught by industry-experienced tutors at our Central Campus, will provide you with an overview of the science industry.

This course covers practical laboratory skills and science techniques, as well as current developments in human sciences and an overview of the science industry. Learn a range of disciplines including biology, chemistry, genetics and forensic investigation. This course can lead to exciting careers ranging from biotechnologist to police investigator.

Developing practical skills is vital for a career in science, and students at the MET achieve this in our well-resourced chemistry and biology laboratories. Guided by our expert teaching staff, who have a wealth of experience at both college and university level. You will develop research skills through project-based learning, and experience the varied areas of the industry through external trips and from guest speakers.

Entry requirements

To join this course, you should have at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above in English, maths and double science.

Entry requirements

Course Units

  • Principles and applications of science 
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques
  • Scientific investigation skills
  • Laboratory techniques and their application
  • Investigative project
  • Contemporary issues in science

In addition, a further 6 units of study which may include some of the following:

  • Physiology of human body systems
  • Human regulation and reproduction
  • Biological molecules and metabolic pathways
  • Genetics and genetic engineering
  • Diseases and infections
  • Applications of inorganic chemistry
  • Applications of organic chemistry
  • Microbiology and microbiological techniques
  • Practical chemical analysis
  • Biomedical science
  • Forensic evidence, collection and analysis

Why the MET?

You will have access to our well-resourced science laboratories with specialised scientific equipment. 

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims. 

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our Central Campus. 

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and the beach.

Facilities

Access to well-resourced laboratories.

Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment.

Library and computing facilities.

Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support.

Cafés with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks.

A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value.

Facilities
  • Assessment

    Laboratory experiments, written assignments and presentations

Work experience

There will be opportunities to attend external visits to a range of organisations including medical organisations, hospitals and police departments. 

Brighton MET is keen to offer students work experience placements, particularly with the increasing importance for students to complete placements as part of their study programmes across all industry areas.

This is an exciting opportunity for employers and students alike to gain something valuable with long term benefits for the business and for students.

What's next?

Upon successful completion of Year 1 of this Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma you can continue to the Level 3 Extended Diploma. Following Year 2 you can progress your study on a higher education degree course, or foundation degree in science, public and emergency service management, as well as other related subject areas. 

After completing the course you will be able to seek employment in the police force, other investigative agencies, fire investigation, insurance fire accident assessment and private investigation.  

Future careers include: 

  • Bio-technologist 
  • Forensic scientist
  • Fire investigator
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Analytical chemist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Pharmacist
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Careers

Potential Careers

Chemical scientist

Typical Tasks:

  • Develops experimental procedures, instruments and recording and testing systems.
  • Conducts experiments to identify chemical composition, energy and chemical changes in natural substances and processed materials.
  • Analyses results and experimental data.
  • Tests techniques and processes for reliability under a variety of conditions.
  • Develops procedures for quality control of manufactured products.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

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102 Available opportunities -4.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £17,316

AVERAGE £26,988

POTENTIAL £39,702

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Science
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies

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Laboratory technician

Typical Tasks:

  • Sets up and assists with the construction and the development of scientific apparatus for experimental, demonstration or other purposes.
  • Prepares and analyses body fluids, secretions and/or tissue to detect infections or to examine the effects of different drugs.
  • Grows cultures of bacteria and viruses, prepares tissue sections and other organic and inorganic material for examination and stains and fixes slides for microscope work.
  • Operates and services specialised scientific equipment, undertakes prescribed measurements and analyses and ensures that sterile conditions necessary for some equipment are maintained.
  • Records and collates data obtained from experimental work and documents all work carried out.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

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Salaries

ENTRY £13,475

AVERAGE £19,110

POTENTIAL £29,016

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning
  • Science
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking

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Research or development manager

Typical Tasks:

  • Establishes product design and performance objectives in consultation with other business functions.
  • Liaises with production departments to investigate and resolve manufacturing problems.
  • Develops research methodology, implements and reports upon research investigations undertaken.
  • Plans work schedules, assigns tasks and delegates responsibilities to the research and development team.
  • Monitors the standards of scientific and technical research undertaken by the research team.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

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Salaries

ENTRY £25,331

AVERAGE £41,847

POTENTIAL £66,398

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies

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Environment professional

Typical Tasks:

  • Identifies contamination of land, air or water and assesses any adverse impact on the environment.
  • Advises on and provides solutions for mitigating the effects of such contamination.
  • Implements remediation works.
  • Carries out environment-related desk-based research and fieldwork to collect, analyse and interpret data to determine their validity, quality and significance.
  • Carries out environmental audits and environmental impact assessments.
  • Communicates scientific and technical information to relevant audiences in an appropriate form, via reports, workshops, educational events, public hearings.
  • Assists organisations to conduct their activities in an environmentally appropriate manner.
  • Implements, reviews and advises on regulatory and legislative standards, guidelines and policies.
  • Provides professional guidance to clients, government agencies, regulators and other relevant bodies, having regard for sustainable approaches and solutions.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

83 Available opportunities 1.7% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £21,587

AVERAGE £33,852

POTENTIAL £49,394

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Learning
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics
  • Science

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