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Science

Core content

All students will develop a general understanding of health and science: 

  • working within the health and science sector
  • health, safety and environmental regulations
  • managing information and data
  • principles of good scientific and clinical practice
  • core science concepts including the structure of cells, tissues and large molecules, genetics, microbiology and immunology

They will also learn about topics specific to science:

  • understanding the science sector
  • further science knowledge, including cell cycle and cellular respiration, enzyme and protein structure, pathogens, classification of biological materials, kinetic changes and relevant analytical techniques
  • scientific methodology
  • experimental equipment and techniques
  • ethics of science

Options to specialise

In addition to the core content, each student must choose 1 of the following specialisms in technical science:

  • laboratory sciences
  • food sciences
  • metrology sciences

Detailed course specification and outline

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Additional considerations for this course

DBS basic or enhanced checks and disqualified disclosure
Where required, students should complete this check before they start their industry placement.

Health check
Before starting their industry placement, students should have the relevant inoculations and
immunisations. These will be determined by the employers they are doing their placement with.

Food and hygiene (for Food Science occupational specialism only)
Dependent on the nature of the industry placement, it may help students to do some relevant food and hygiene training before they start.

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