BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma

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

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2021-22 (1 year)

Examination board
Pearson BTEC

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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.

The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, A Level student

I focused and worked hard to get the grades. I had some support from my lecturer during a stressful time. The college is really good and supportive.

Natasha Boerer, BTEC student

My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student