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 Qualification: BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science Level 3

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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Potential
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.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -4.5% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 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

Biological scientist or biochemist

Typical Tasks:

  • Studies the physical and chemical form, structure, composition and function of living organisms.
  • Identifies and studies the chemical substances, including microbial infections, involved in physiological processes and the progress of disease.
  • Performs tests to study physiological and pathological characteristics within cells and other organisms.
  • Researches the effects of internal and external environmental factors on the life processes and other functions of living organisms.
  • Observes the structure of communities of organisms in the laboratory and in their natural environment.
  • Advises farmers, medical staff and others, on the nature of field crops, livestock and produce and on the treatment and prevention of disease.
  • Monitors the distribution, presence and behaviour of plants, animals and aquatic life, and performs other scientific tasks related to conservation
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -1.7% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £23,946

AVERAGE £37,694

POTENTIAL £55,653

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

Physical scientist

Typical Tasks:

  • Conducts experiments and tests and uses mathematical models and theories to investigate the structure and properties of matter, transformations and propagations of energy, the behaviour of particles and their interaction with various forms of energy.
  • Uses surveys, seismology and other methods to determine the earth.
  • Observes, records and collates data on atmospheric conditions from weather stations, satellites, and observation vessels to plot and forecast weather conditions.
  • Applies mathematical models and techniques to assist in the solution of scientific problems in industry and commerce and seeks out new applications of mathematical analysis.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 1.7% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £22,796

AVERAGE £34,730

POTENTIAL £51,539

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

Civil engineer

Typical Tasks:

  • Undertakes research and advises on soil mechanics, concrete technology, hydraulics, water and waste water treatment processes and other civil engineering matters.
  • Determines and specifies construction methods, materials, quality and safety standards and ensures that equipment operation and maintenance comply with design specifications.
  • Designs foundations and earthworks.
  • Designs structures such as roads, dams, bridges, railways, hydraulic systems, sewerage systems, industrial and other buildings and plans the layout of tunnels, wells and construction shafts.
  • Organises and plans projects, arranges work schedules, carries out inspection work and plans maintenance control.
  • Organises and establishes control systems to monitor operational efficiency and performance of materials and systems.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -0.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £26,637

AVERAGE £41,418

POTENTIAL £61,913

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