Why choose this college course?
- STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES – Experience applied sciences first-hand in our Health Skills and Simulation Suite and robotics labs and gain understanding of child development psychology in our Early Years Suite
- INNOVATIVE LEARNING – Enjoy learning using the latest in education technology from VR-modelling of health scenarios to interactive body-sized digital anatomy tables
- MOVE UP TO UNIVERSITY – Want to keep studying psychology at degree level? This college course been specifically designed to support your progression onto relevant degrees at university, including our own BSc Psychology degree.
Our applied science college students will learn in brand-new chemistry, biology and physics laboratories, plus you will get to experience applied sciences first-hand in our state-of-the-art Health Skills and Simulation Suite, used by our nursing and physiotherapy degree students, and our robotics labs, where our engineering students do their practical training. You will also have access to our award-winning university support services.
You will study core applied science topics which will include:
- Biology: Cells and the cardiovascular, breathing and excretory systems
- Chemistry: Atomic structure and bonding, periodic trends and reactions
- Physics: Electromagnetic spectrum, materials and thermal physics
- Practical techniques of titration, colorimetry, chromatography and colorimetry
- Investigations into enzymes, plants, diffusion, fuels and electrical circuits
- Laboratory practice including health and safety, manufacturing techniques, data storage and informatics
You will also study two optional topics chosen from a wide range that includes forensics, genetics, disease, physiology, microbiology, organic and industrial chemistry, astronomy, medical physics and cryogenics.
You will also be able to explore an area of particular interest to you by completing your own investigative project.
In applied psychology, you will study:
- Psychological approaches and applications
- Conducting psychological research
- Health psychology
These are studioed with an option topic which could include criminal and forensics psychology, child developmental psychology, psychopathy or applied sport psychology.
Please note: Units/topics of study are subject to change
You will also have an individual study programme to help you build the skills and experience you need to progress onto higher education or gain employment.
Our college tutors are looking for students who are committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to excel in the science industry, so please contact Admissions if you do not have the specific requirements outlined below.
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4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade D) or above, including English Language, Maths and Science.
English and maths
If you do not have a grade 4/C or above in English and maths and you are under 19, you will be required to study these subjects alongside your vocational subject. After enrolment you will complete an assessment with our teaching team so we can ensure you receive appropriate English and maths support.
Applicants over 19 are not required to complete maths and English.
Supporting documents required
- School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance. This will be assessed in conjunction with your qualifications and application during the confirmation of your place at University College Birmingham.
- If you are a school leaver (over 19), you will be required to provide a reference from a previous education provider or employer in support of your application.
Students who achieve 56 UCAS points or more from this qualification will automatically be guaranteed a place on a degree course at University College Birmingham. Some undergraduate courses require additional entry requirements, so applicants are advised to check entry requirements before applying.
Teaching and assessment
For both applied science and psychology, two of the four units are assessed by a written exam, the other two units are assessed as coursework.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.
Uniform and kit costs
This course requires a uniform and kit costing approximately £30, depending on the items you purchase. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you prior to enrolment.)
"Understanding health psychology and theories is so applicable for our society today. Studying them together with the theory, research, and practical techniques of applied science make this such a relevant and engaging learning experience."
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