Practical teaching in lab environments

Wherever your interest or career prospects lie, we have the materials, state-of-the-art facilities and tutor knowledge to help you realise your goals.

Lay the foundations for your specialism

Discover what you're most passionate about before taking on a full degree! The Life Sciences Foundation Diploma forms the first year of a four year science qualification with Oxford Brookes University, giving you time to find out what you enjoy most.

A global hotspot for scientific enterprise

Oxfordshire, especially in the southern vale district, is the ideal place to develop scientific knowledge and skills. Culham Science Centre, Oxford Science Park, Milton Park, Harwell Science Park and other local innovation hubs provide work experience and career opportunities.

Are you someone who is naturally curious about the world around them, can problem-solve, and has patience and persistence?

On our Science courses, you will learn a range of experimental techniques as you research, test and analyse within different fields, including biology, chemistry and life sciences. There will be discussions and debates around topical scientific issues, and also exciting sessions looking into the history of science.

Outside of the labs, nothing prepares students interested in science better than seeing industry in action. Previous trips have included Diamond Light Source in Harwell, Centre of the Cell in London, the Science Museum, and the Oxford University Botanical Gardens. Students are also encouraged to attend lectures of interest at University of Oxford & Oxford Brookes Universities, to expand their knowledge further.

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Chelsea

Previous school:
Icknield Community College


Before college, I had tried A levels but they weren't for me. I had heard of Abingdon & Witney College before and luckily for me it was also the closest.

I've always enjoyed science. The structure of the course here is more suitable for how I learn, as there is more independence and I'm working towards science as a career choice.

The Lab Technician placement at Cokethorpe School was enjoyable and a valuable experience; they challenged us to learn and it wasn't just about working for a week.

After college, I'll be joining the RAF as a scientist.

Harry

Previous school:
Wood Green School


Having not been in education for six years, it was daunting coming back into learning again but the teachers are all supportive and welcoming. Their teaching style is more informal than what I'm used to but they are passionate and industry experts so you learn loads!

It’s a fascinating course. I've always wanted to work with animals and when I saw the hydrotherapy pool demo at an open day I was sold; it is amazing and I want to do that as a career.

Toby

Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Foundation Degree

Previous school:
Our Lady's Senior School


Having been interested in animals all my life I came to the College to study on the Level 3 Animal Care course and moving on to the foundation degree seemed a natural step.

Part of the course means we get to go on great trips that are relevant to our course, such as zoos and animal rescue centres. We also have access to the Oxford Brookes University societies and other benefits that come with studying at this level here.

There are an interesting range of modules - it's not just working practically with animals, there's learning and conducting research in the labs too.

Your future career

Biomedical Researcher/Scientist

Chemist

Clinical Researcher

Food Technologist

Forensic Scientist

Healthcare Professional

Laboratory Technician

Microbiologist

Sports Scientist

Zoologist

Science Course Listings

Life Sciences, Foundation Diploma

Undergraduate VHAM101P

The one-year, full-time Foundation Diploma in Life Sciences provides you with the necessary scientific and mathematical background required for degree-level study in science, with successful completion of the programme allowing for direct entry on to...

21st Sep 2020 - 25th Jun 2021

Monday to Friday

Science

Abingdon Campus

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