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With ris­ing indus­try demand for sci­en­tif­ic skills, plus increas­ing pub­lic inter­est in the world around us and how to pro­tect it for the future, choos­ing a Sci­ence course real­ly can open up a mas­sive range of excit­ing career options.

Sci­ence, tech­nol­o­gy, engi­neer­ing and maths (STEM) sub­jects are all high on the government’s agen­da for sup­port­ing the UK’s future com­pet­i­tive­ness and growth. This means that STEM is an area of high invest­ment, with con­stant­ly evolv­ing tech­niques and break­throughs. By choos­ing this route you will be able to devel­op key trans­fer­able skills and enhance your cre­ativ­i­ty, while gain­ing prob­lem-solv­ing and employ­a­bil­i­ty skills. 

Our cours­es are based in our brand new City Hub and cov­er a broad base and open up career oppor­tu­ni­ties in the NHS and in indus­tries such as life sci­ences, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, envi­ron­men­tal health, foren­sics and biochemistry. 

Not­ting­ham has a thriv­ing health sci­ence sec­tor and we have real­ly good links with some of the area’s top employ­ers, so you can look for­ward to guest lec­tures and inspir­ing work expe­ri­ence opportunities. 

We are com­mit­ted to help­ing you gain the skills and knowl­edge need­ed for a fas­ci­nat­ing and excit­ing career in science.

You can down­load a course or appren­tice­ship guide here.


At Nottingham College, we have a huge variety of science courses which include a range of courses, ranging from Level 1 to University Level.

Careers in Science

STEM subjects are all high on the government’s agenda for supporting the UK’s future competiveness and growth.

In line with this, at Nottingham College, it is our goal for our students to develop key transferrable skills and to enhance their creativity during their time with us, whilst gaining problem solving and employability skills.

We are committed to helping you gain the skills and knowledge needed for a fascinating and exciting career in science.

There are a vast number of career options in the industry – whether you would like to be an Animal Scientist, a Biomedical Scientist, a Criminologist, a Dental Technician, an Environment Scientist, a Forensic Scientist, a Laboratory Technician, a Microbiologist, a Midwife, a Nurse, a Paramedic, a Paediatrician, a Pharmacist, a Professor, a Radiographer or a Research Scientist – there are many choices available to you.

Did you know?

  • It is anticipated that the need for people to work as medical and dental technicians will increase by 11% by 2020.
  • 61,430 more women work in core STEM employment areas in 2017 than in 2016.
  • A Research Scientist can earn an average of £30,166 per year in the UK.
  • Social and humanist scientists can earn £30,888 per year in the UK.
  • Medical and dental technicians can earn £26,440 in the UK.

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A Level Biology

Biology is the study of life in all of its forms. It combines problem solving with practical skills and enables you to develop a scientific approach to the subject.

A Level Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure, properties and change of the matter which makes up our world. You will study the world right down to its molecular and atomic structure, discovering more about the elements and compounds which…

A Level Physics

This is a challenging but very rewarding course for anyone who enjoys problem solving and wants answers to the big questions about space, time, matter and energy.

Access to Higher Education: Life Sciences (19+) - Full-time

If you are aged 19+ and have an interest in biology and would like a career based on deepening our understanding of living organisms, then this could be the course for you.

Access to Higher Education: Science (19+) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19+ and would like to develop your core science skills ahead of university-level study.

Applied Biological Science HNC (Level 4) – Full-time

If you’re passionate about biology, this Level 4 HNC course could be ideal.

Applied Chemical Science HNC (Level 4) – Full-time

If you’re passionate about chemistry, this Level 4 HNC course could be ideal.

Applied Forensic Science HNC (Level 4) – Full-time

This exciting new Level 4 course introduces the world of the forensic scientist and crime scene investigator as well as the practical science skills required to become a practicing forensic analyst.

Applied Science (Level 1 BTEC Introductory Diploma) (16-18) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you like science and want to explore the various science-related careers open to you in the future.

Applied Science (Level 1) (19+) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you like science and want to explore the various science-related careers open to you in the future.

Applied Science (Level 2 BTEC Extended Certificate) (16-18) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you enjoy all things science, have a passion for problem solving and investigation and a good eye for detail.

Applied Science for Dental Technology (BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate) - Part-time

This course will allow you to develop the theoretical and practical knowledge in in order to progress onto the foundation Degree in Dental Technology.

Applied/ Biomedical/ Analytical and Forensic Science (Level 3 BTEC Foundation/ Extended Diploma) (16-18) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you would like a career in a science-related field, and want to take your studies further, perhaps onto a degree.

Dental Nurse - Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Dental nurses provide essential chairside support and patient care for the dental team. If you’d like a career as a dental nurse and would like to earn a wage while you gain a qualification, read on!

Dental Technology Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Full-time

This new Foundation Degree in Science (FdSc) in Dental Technology provides an opportunity to establish the skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to build a successful career as a dental technician.

Health and Social Care (Health Sciences) (Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma) (16-18) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you have a passion for, and interest, in science and want to explore degree level study and career options in a healthcare science, nursing and midwifery, social care or any medical profession.

Introduction to using a CAD/CAM and 3D Printer in Dental Technology - Part-time

This short course introduces technicians to the EXOCAD Dental Design System, a leading tool in professional dentistry today, demanding new skills and innovative approaches within this profession.

Introduction to UV Vis NIR Applications – Lab Technology (Level 3) - Part-time

If you are a lab technician or currently in training, this course will introduce you to the very latest UV VIS Near IR machinery which can be used in across a number of different applications and settings.

Laboratory and Science Technician - Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)

You’ll be working as an apprentice laboratory/science technician, carrying out lab testing and providing technical support to scientists/technicians. You could also work at a school or college.

Pharmacy Services Assistant - Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2)

You’ll earn a wage while gaining an industry-standard qualification. It’s a great way to train as a dispensing assistant so you can support pharmacists.

Pharmacy Technician - Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)

You’ll be earning a wage while gaining an industry-standard qualification. You’ll gain the advanced skills and qualifications needed to become a pharmacy technician.

Pre-Access to Science & Nursing (19+) - Part-time

You are interested in or currently working in the healthcare, social care or science sector or looking to progress onto an Access course.

Pre-Access to Science/Life Science (19+) - Part-time

This course is perfect if you are aged 19 or above and have ambitions of studying Science at Degree Level, but don’t currently hold GCSE grade 4 or above in Maths and English.

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New for 2022 – new science centre

A brand new £1.2m science and innovation centre will open in September 2022, offering purpose-built higher level technical facilities for students studying in the fields of biology, chemistry, forensics, pharmaceuticals and dental technologies.

A suite of brand new industrial grade machinery and equipment, including a bench-top NMR scanner, a high performance liquid chromatogram, UV, IR and Mass spectrometers, and for Forensic Science, bespoke ‘crime scene houses’, a blood spatter room and state-of-the-art finger print analysis equipment, have been made possible thanks to a grant from the Office for Students of over £1m.

This is a huge investment in science-related facilities and resources and ensures our science students have access to the very best, industry-leading equipment and tools available.