Which Science Pathway Should You Choose?

Posted 20 July 2017

Blog tags: Access to HEScience


At CCfE, we understand the importance of science and the other STEM subjects. Back in 2014, the Guardian reported that Philip Greenish, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering, predicted that the UK needed “about 1.25 million science, engineering and technology professionals and technicians by 2020” in order to support the economic recovery. 

A degree can open a vast number of doors in the science industry, but with many people lacking the traditional qualifications needed to apply for university, this career path is often pushed aside. At CCfE, we offer a range of Access to Higher Education Diplomas in science subjects, enabling you to tailor your studies to a specific degree. 

Natural Science Pathway

What is natural science?

Natural science is concerned with understanding natural phenomena and can be broken down into biological science and physical science. Physical science is made up of chemistry, astronomy, physics and earth science, while biological, or life science, focuses on living organisms. 

Where could a career in natural science take you?

Natural science covers a wide range of subject areas and comes with endless employment prospects. You could go on to work in roles including: 

  • Science teacher
  • Researcher
  • Laboratory technician
  • Biomedical researcher
  • Meteorologist 

Science graduates are well-placed to enter both scientific and non-scientific professions. Both employability and personal skills gained during a degree are sought after by businesses. You’ll develop analytical and problem-solving skills, alongside an ability to interpret data. Learn how to successfully work both in a team or individually and gain the ability to conduct in-depth research. These transferable skills could lead to future roles in finance, accounting, business management and the public sector. 

Biological Science Pathway

What is biological science?

Biological science has been studied since ancient times and considers all living organisms, including animals and plants. If you take a biological science degree, you’ll focus on the function, structure, growth, evolution, origin and distribution of organisms. 

Biology can be divided into multiple fields including behaviour, human anatomy, botany, physiology, zoology, ecology and genetics. By choosing to study biological science, you will have the opportunity to focus on the interaction between humans and the world around us and will develop your knowledge on how we can preserve other organisms. 

Where could a career in biological science take you?

Biology is a fundamental science subject that can lead to a career in many science and health-related sectors. There are also non-scientific routes that you could take on completion of your course.

As biological science looks at the body and how it works, jobs within the health sector are a popular choice. From nursing and midwifery, to physiotherapy and working as a paramedic, there are roles within healthcare to suit many biological science graduates. 

A degree could also lead to a career as a microbiologist, studying bacteria and other microscopic organisms, or as a pharmacologist, developing and testing new drugs.  

Health and Medical Science Pathway 

What is health and medical Science?

Health and medical sciencecombines the study of the human body with medical physics and mechanics, creating a ‘biophysics’ bridge between physics and biology. You’ll explore science at every level, finding out more about atoms, molecules, cells, organisms and different environments, with the goal of understanding how biological systems work. 

A health and medical science degree will focus on topics including how atoms are arranged to work in DNA and why proteins cause chemical reactions in the body.   

Where could a career in health and medical science take you?

Successful completion of an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Science) with the Health and Medical Science Pathway, followed by a related degree, will open multiple doors for graduates in both the science and health industries. Careers in hospitals and other medical environments are a popular choice and you could go on to begin roles including paramedic, occupational therapist, physiotherapist and hospital technician.  

If you choose to follow a more scientific career path, there are opportunities to work as a biomedical researcher, laboratory technician or lecturer in further education environments.

Kickstart your science career with CCfE 

A career in science may seem impossible if you don’t have the qualifications traditionally needed to gain a place at university. With an Access to Higher Education Diploma, that can change. Our courses are designed to provide students with the specific knowledge and general study skills required to go to university and complete a degree. 

Access to Higher Education Diplomas are accepted at many universities, however, you should check with individual institutions before enrolling. By offering a range of science courses, we give you the chance to tailor your studies to specific degree programmes. This ensures that you’re confident and ready to hit the ground running at university. 

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