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News: Science students get skills for the future

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Applied Science students at Nottingham College have done some exciting experiments this term.

They’ve had some impressive microbiology results in the College’s new science labs at the City Hub campus.

About the course and the experiments

The students are on the first year of a two-year Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science. Many of them are using it as a route to university, or other degree-level study. 

One example of the work they’ve been doing is the use of a technique called Gram staining. Students have applied stains to identify bacteria in a safe and controlled environment. These experiments will help set them up for future careers in science.

One of the magnified slides showing two types of bacteria against a white background

Gram staining is critical in the microbiology and medical industries.

Scientists use it to identify specific bacteria, so they can diagnose patients and help ensure they get the correct treatment. It is also used in different industries to identify contaminants found in food and water, or on equipment. 

There is a specialised laboratory and preparation area at the City Hub for this type of work. Plus, experienced technicians culture the samples for the students to use. 

What the students said

Student Khadija was pleased to get some positive feedback from her Lecturer on the results of the experiments.

Khadija in the lab with one of the microscopes

I was really happy with how the experiments went! 

 — Khadija

Fellow student Akaasha was glad to get involved in practical work.

Akaasha getting ready to view a slide on a microscope

It’s been a big step up from school, as you get to use all this equipment, like the brand new microscopes. I didn’t do that many practical experiments at school, but here for example we’ve been looking at real fungus. 

After college, I’d like to go to uni and I’m interested in paramedic, dentistry, or nursing. 

 — Akaasha

Producing work to industry standards

Although the students have only been on the course for a few weeks, they’ve worked well together to produce some impressive results. 

It’s exciting to see the scientists of the future already carrying out precise work to industry standards. 

Nicola Fawcett — Biology Lecturer at Nottingham College

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Published on:
  • 3rd November 2021 (3:00 PM)
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