BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma

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Availability & Details

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

South Downs Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (1 year)

Examination board
Pearson BTEC

How to apply

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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.

College is definitely worth all the effort you put in, you get to meet lots of different people and it’s amazing.

Ebony Puttock, A Level student

I got into both of the universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.

Anton Sukhorukov, A Level 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