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Science Vocational Courses

An excellent grounding for science-based careers.


Industry leading courses

Our Science courses offer an excellent foundation for exciting science-based careers in a huge number of industries.

By studying on one of our programmes, you will gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to succeed in a range of professions such as a laboratory technician, crime scene investigator or healthcare technician.

Whichever course you choose, you will build on the knowledge you gained in GCSE chemistry, biology, physics and maths and will learn how that knowledge can be used in the workplace. As well as studying the sciences specific to your course, you will undertake relevant and fascinating work experience to support your future career ambitions and will also have the opportunity to join our STEM Aspire Academy to gain further experience and enrichment.

The courses on offer incorporate different modes of study, including a BTEC (100% college-based), T Levels, (80% college, 20 % workplace) and an apprenticeship (80% workplace, 20% college).

If you have a scientific and inquisitive mind, then our Science courses could be for you.

"You will get to explore a whole range of concepts whilst gaining experience in practical and problem-solving skills."

David Waters

Physics Lecturer

People employed as biological scientists and biochemists in the UK



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The average annual salary for a Crime Scene Investigator



People employed in the UK life sciences industry



Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.