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Science helps our understanding of the world around us. Everything we know about the universe, from how trees reproduce to what an atom is made up of, is the result of scientific research and experiment.

It involves generating and testing ideas, gathering evidence - including making observations, carrying out investigations and modelling, and communicating and debating with others - in order to develop scientific knowledge, understanding, and explanations. Scientific progress comes from logical, systematic work and from creative insight, built on a foundation of respect for evidence.

Human progress throughout history has largely rested on advances in science. From our knowledge of gravity to cutting-edge medicines, students of Science have shaped our modern world.

What makes Science at HRC special?

  • We have invested in new modern laboratories
  • Our programme will enable you to plan, design and monitor projects independently
  • Our Science programmes build the skills you need to have in a variety of workplaces
  • Industry trained and experienced lecturers will nurture your ambition and share their expertise with you

What do our students say?

"My tutors are really nice and are as helpful as possible."

"The programme gives you a range of practical skills; problem solving and communication with peers and staff."

Career Destinations

We're proud that our students go onto careers including:

  • Lab Technicians
  • Nursing
  • Veterinary careers

What can I do next?

After you have successfully completed this programme, you can choose to:

  • Apply for our BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Enter into employment
  • Apply for an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship

What will I be doing?

This programme includes a mixture practical and applied theory work. You will learn by completing projects, investigations, presentations and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. In addition you will further develop the skills you need for a career in your chosen field of Science and an opportunity to utilise these via industry placement.

Added Extras

There are lots of perks to this programme:

  • You will get the chance to experience the industry first hand through a work placement with a local employer
  • You can work with students from other courses on independent projects and activities
  • You can enjoy relevant trips, visits and meet guest speakers and employers

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through practical assessments including work-related projects. You will also be set assignments to cover theory units.

Entry requirements

To apply for this programme you will need:

  • A minimum of GSCE Grade 4/C in both English and maths and be able to demonstrate literacy skills at GCSE level and above.
  • Demonstrate a keen interest in the field of science through interview

We also welcome applications from students with relevant experience or qualifications.

If you would like help understanding our entry requirements, give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411.

What do I need to bring?

You must provide your own stationery equipment i.e. pens, pencils, notebooks, folders for notes.

You may be asked to buy a recommended text book during your course; details of this will be provided by your assigned tutor.

If you think you would benefit from financial support we have bursary options available for those who meet the criteria. Please note, this funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application.

If you would like financial support, contact our Information Team on 01992 411411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee Information

Free to those under 19 on 31st August 2021.

If you are 19 or over on 31st August 2021, have been a permanent resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are a fee paying new entrant you will pay approx. £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £5500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2020/21 and could be subject to change for 2021/22).

Fee paying students continuing on the same course for a second year will be charged £2000 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approx. £3500 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the fees for 2020/21 and could be subject to change for 2021/22).

If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free training if the course you choose is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

For these costs please contact our Information Centre on 01992 411411 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These fees are indicative of the 2021-22 costs and may be subject to change


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