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Applied Science Level 1 at Warrington & Vale Royal College

Course description

This course is for school leavers who have an interest in any of the sciences.

The Introductory Diploma in Applied Science is primarily for post-16 learners who wish to continue their education and develop their skills for progression onto further learning and, ultimately, to employment.

The Diploma is designed to be taken over one year, as a substantial vocational qualification in a study programme.

Course content

The course covers ten units which include:

  • Working with others
  • Researching a topic
  • Carrying out a scientific experiment
  • Making a chemical product
  • Investigating crime scene evidence

Entry requirements

Completion of an entry level 3 qualification and GCSE English & maths at a minimum of grade E, or working at functional skills entry level 3 or level 1. Students will be expected to continue to study towards a Functional Skills L2 or GCSE grade 4 English & maths if these are not already achieved.


The course is assessed via practical’s, assignments and practical assignments which are completed throughout the year.

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Future opportunities

This qualification prepares learners to progress onto further study at a higher level in Applied Science. The development of transferable skills means that learners can also choose a study programme from alternative sectors. This can lead students directly onto the Level 2 Laboratory Skills qualification.

Further information

Will I complete work placements?

The college is committed to ensuring that all students benefit from the opportunity to undertake work placement whilst at college and we will support you in obtaining a placement in a relevant vocational setting. There are no formal forensic work placements however students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular voluntary placements which tutors are happy to support.

Are trips and residentials organised during the course?

Trips and visits are an integral part of this course. Examples of previous trips are: The Human Body Revealed at Liverpool One, Laboratory Tour to LGC Forensics, Liverpool and Warrington Crown Courts where we entered a national Bar Mock Trial Competition where students played the roles of barristers, witnesses and defendants. There are also trips to the Warrington Hospital Pathology department for a full tour of the facilities and over to the Sheffield’s Medico-Legal Centre to their digital post-mortem body scanning unit. Students also participate in role play exercises with the police such as hostage situations. We are in the process of planning possible residential/overseas trips.

Are there any links with industry?

We have links with the Warrington Pathology Department, Cheshire Police Road Traffic and Cheshire Fire Department, a local working forensic/genetic laboratory and Warrington and Manchester Courts of Law.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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    • By Rail: Anyone travelling by train should disembark at Central Station in Warrington. Our Winwick Road Campus is around a 20 minute walk along the A49 (you will pass the Warrington Wolves RLFC stadium and the Tesco supermarket on your left).

      By Bus: Warrington & Vale Royal College is easily accessible by bus from the town centre and nearby Cheshire districts. Bus numbers* 19, 20, 21, 22 from the Warrington Bus Station to Winwick Road Campus.

      *Please note bus numbers are subject to change.