Science

BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma

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Availability & Details

Science - BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma SF-SCIE1D-D(0000)000

Venue
South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full-Time

Dates
Academic Year 2021-22 (1 year)

Examination board
Pearson BTEC

How to apply

Contact us


Overview

This two year course has been designed with employers to ensure it gives you the skills and knowledge that you need to work in a laboratory setting or progress onto higher education.

This course is for those of you who have an interest in science while developing your Mathematics and English skills. You will develop your practical skills within the laboratory environment, along with developing skills required in the workplace.

You will need GCSEs at grade 2 or entry qualification. The College offers several English and Mathematics courses at various levels for potential students.

On this course at HSDC South Downs, you will study the following:

  • Being Organised
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan
  • Working with Others
  • Researching a Topic
  • Investigating Crime Scene Evidence
  • Making a Chemical Product
  • Exploring Biology
  • Exploring Chemistry
  • Investigating Variations in Plants and Animals
  • Testing the Properties of Products

HSDC offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, presentations, group discussions and the use of the college's laboratories. You will have access to the Learning Hub (library) and other online and digital resources through the HSDC student portal (MyHSDC). The course is practical-based and you will be using the laboratories for the majority of your learning. You will also be using online resources to complete tasks and submit your assignment work. 

On this course, you will be assessed through assignment work. The assignments will be varied including some written work, discussions and practical tasks. You will need to produce some work independently and some as part of a group. The assignments are graded pass, merit or distinction.

For those who successfully achieve a Merit can progress on to the CTEC Level 2 Diploma in Science or apply for other Level 2 courses and apprenticeships.

You will be taught by lecturers who have experience working within the science industry.


There are great teachers here. This college has felt more like a university than a school, and it’s definitely lived up to that more grown-up feel.

Vicky Lipscombe, A Level student

I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student

My experience at the College was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to university. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student