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Applied Science Study Programme

Our study programmes in Applied Science are the perfect combination of academic study and work-based learning. Study in areas including biochemistry or forensics.

Whether you are looking to study at higher education level, want to progress onto a science-based university course or are looking to enter employment within the science industry, these MidKent College programmes will provide you with the practical and theoretical knowledge you need. Find out the difference between Applied Science courses and a study programme below.

Whether you are looking to study at higher education level, want to progress onto a science-based university course or are looking to enter employment within the science industry, these MidKent College programmes will provide you with the practical and theoretical knowledge you need.

Our laboratories are equipped to university degree standard. Study with us and you will become confident in the use of a wide range of the analytical tools adopted within scientific research and the science industry. 

All our tutors have relevant industry and/or research experience.

What will I learn?

Build on the science you learnt at school with the practical and theoretical knowledge you need to work in a laboratory, or to go on to university. You’ll become more confident in the use of a wide range of analytical tools adopted within scientific research and the science industry. Areas of study are broad and varied, and include topics such as the solar system, medicine or the human body. Find out the difference between an Applied Science course and a study programme below. Why not consider studying a science apprenticeship with us?

Why choose a MidKent College Applied Science study programme?

All of our tutors have relevant industry and/or research experience and so are the ideal people to advise you of your employment or university route.

What level am I?

This will be dependent on the qualifications and experience that you currently have. For some very practical subjects you'll need to start at level 1 to ensure you learn the key theory, practical knowledge and health and safety standards for your industry. Check out what level you are on our chart.

How is English & maths involved?

If you’re aged 16-18 English and maths will be a vital part of your study programme. You’ll study both subjects at a level, which is appropriate to you. You’ll need these skills within laboratory experiments or when producing reports on your findings.

What facilities and trips are available?

You’ll broaden your scientific knowledge by getting involved in trips to CERN, South Africa and the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales. You’ll also visit The Royal Institute of Biology, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. The College has two biology labs, two chemistry labs and one physics lab, purpose-built and equipped to university standard. Students also regularly take part in community projects and competitions, getting involved in the world of science outside of College.

Is an apprenticeship available? The College offers an apprenticeship in Life Science, available from the Medway Campus.

What have past students gone on to do?

Our Applied Science students have progressed into a huge range of careers varying from chemical engineering, nursing, pharmaceutical science, biomedical science and anthropology.

What can I do afterwards?

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science will prepare you for a variey of worthwhile roles, including pharmaceutical scientist, pharmacist or radiographer. Or have you considered being a laboratory technician or chemical engineer?

How much do science professionals get paid?

A biological scientist or biochemist can earn on average £18.98 per hour in Medway and Maidstone.*

What’s the difference between an Applied Science course and a study programme?

Traditionally you may have studied an Applied Science course, where you would only study the qualification, such as chemistry, biology and physics. An Applied Science study programme is so much more than an Applied Science course!

This change to study programmes is due to national feedback from employers saying young people need to have more than just a “qualification”; they need to have the skills to work in their chosen industry. A study programme encompasses the subject qualification, English and maths skills as well as work experience and personal development skills. You can read more about study programmes here.

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*Data taken from EMSI April 2018