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Welcome to Science

Can you see yourself sifting through evidence at a crime scene as a forensics expert or developing new equipment for hospitals in one of the region’s leading healthcare technology companies? How about working as a pharmacist helping people with their medicines.

At The Sheffield College we offer study programmes in all of these areas. Some of our study programmes are that specialist you’ll find we’re the only college to offer it for miles around. We’ve invested lots of money in the best facilities to make sure that we can help you go further.

We’ve got a range of different labs for each subject, so there really is no better place to prepare yourself for the working world or university. Our staff have all worked out in the industry that they are teaching so they know how important real work experience is for our students. As a result they work hard to make links with local employers so we can offer industry placements, special guest lecturers and trips to supplement your learning.

Which course is right for me?

Picking the right course is the first step in your science career! Whether you choose a full-time study programme and pick your own specialism, join one of our Employers Skills Academies or head straight into an Apprenticeship, we're sure to have something that suits you and your learning style. 

Just click on a button below to start exploring our science courses and Apprenticeships. 


Spotlight on...

Applied Science Level 2

Level 2 Applied Science at The Sheffield College is an interesting and diverse course in which you’ll learn about biology, chemistry, physics and forensic science. You will develop your knowledge and practical skills in Applied Science – this can help you to thrive on future course or in the world of work. Learners who have completed this course usually progress to Level 3 Applied Science and then on to University.

Check out the quick facts below and watch the video to see our FAQs about this course!

  • Location: City & Hillsborough Campus
  • Mode of study: Full-time
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Qualification: BTEC Diploma
  • Start date: September 2020


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What kind of work will I do on a Science Study Programme?

The knowledge and skills you gain are essential for science technicians working in chemistry-related industries or laboratory services. You will investigate energy transformations, radiation and their applications, and gain knowledge of waves, how electrical energy is transferred for various applications and how our universe has evolved. You will also cover astronomy including theories related to the current solar system model and space exploration.

You will develop knowledge and skills related to fundamental concepts in biology and investigate living organisms, how humans impact on the environment and the factors that affect human health. You will investigate the structure and function of the digestive, respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems, along with reproductive functions and how collectively these processes work to maintain the human body.
There will be an opportunity to use a variety of scientific processes to analyse evidence gathered from a crime scene, developing understanding of the relationship between forensic science and the law. You will be able to build on existing theories or practical work by conducting a practical science project related to your area of interest.

Trips, Visits & Competitions

At The Sheffield College, we go further to ensure that you get the best learning and cultural experiences possible to enhance your time with us. Whether that's through visits to local art exhibitions and museums, guest speakers coming in to demonstrate their knowledge and skills, or visiting major industry leaders so you can see how they go further in the real world.


Recently, we’ve taken students to New York, Beijing, London, Berlin, Morocco, Iceland, Bruges, behind the scenes at East Midlands Airport and British Airways HQ, Whitby and even Florence in Italy.

Here are some Forensic Science students recreating a forensic investigation.



We know that having the right facilities can make all the difference to your learning, so we’ve invested lots of money in the best facilities to make sure that we can help you go further

At our City and Hillsborough Campuses, you'll have access to:

  • A range of different labs per subject
  • Computer suites
  • Laptops and Chromebooks available to hire out through the library so you can work remotely if you need to
  • Virtual learning platforms such as Google Classroom and Moodle so you can access your classwork wherever you are
  • Social spaces where you can complete your group projects, or meet up with friends

Click on a button below to explore our facilities through a virtual tour!

What can I do once I finish my studies?

At the end of the day, we all know that a qualification is just the first step on the road to landing your dream job and kick-starting your career, and we're determined to help you get to where you want to be. Studying science is a brilliant choice that can open doors to a great career! 

Future job prospects include:

  • Analytical Scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Dental Technician
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Pharmaceutical Technician
  • Scene of Crime Officer
  • Sports Scientist

We've included some careers information around being a Pharmacist as an example.

Careers advice to help you go further

Choosing a career path when you've only just left school can seem like a daunting prospect, but our Careers Advice Team are on hand to offer you the best impartial careers guidance going. 

They can help you to figure out the kind of jobs that you might enjoy based on your interests, skills and hobbies; or if you already have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do in the future they can give you some pointers on how to go further and land your dream job. You can talk to them whether you're still deciding on a course or even if you're about to make the jump from education into full-time work. 

Why not ask them a question on Twitter right now? Just send us your question using #AskCareersTSC