221 Applied Science

Applied Science

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Studying Applied Sciences can lead to a range of fascinating and rewarding careers such as Forensic Scientist, Biomedical Scientist, Medical Science Technician and also careers in criminology and forensic psychology.

You’ll gain hands-on experience with practical activities such as fingerprinting, DNA analysis and spectroscopic analysis techniques in our forensic investigation area and laboratories, techniques which are used by the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service in the defence or prosecution of clients.

You’ll also improve your analytical, evaluative and technical skills, and learn about the psychology behind criminal acts. This will provide you with the skills employers look for, and prepare you for a range of roles in the scientific industries, or alternatively give you an excellent foundation for higher education.

Why West Cheshire College?

Our state-of-the-art campuses have fully-equipped science laboratories where you can practise your skills and learn essential techniques in pharmaceutical and forensic science.

Trips and Activities

Students take part in lectures on forensic science, biodiversity and malaria delivered at the University of Chester and Edge Hill University. Recently guest speakers from industry have given talks to students on forensic fire investigation, psychology, scenes of crime, the blood transfusion service and the use of blood products.


Most students progress to higher-level study at the College from Level 2 to Level 3, or progress into employment or Apprenticeships.

This year, 30% of Level 3 students progressed to the Applied Biology HNC/D. The remaining students went into employment or onto degree programmes at university.

On the Apprenticeship courses, the students all have jobs and achieved a 100% success rate on their course.

Did you know?

In this region there are around 1,456 job vacancies for Biological Scientists/Biochemists available per year - they earn on average £17.60 per hour.