• Science
  • August
  • Full-Time
  • 1 year
  • HNC (SCQF Level 7)


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Intro to the course:

This course will help you to develop your understanding of applied science; and develop analytical, evaluative and problem-solving skills with chemistry and biology theory. You'll learn in a laboratory setting.

HNC (SCQF Level 7)

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Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for anyone wanting to start a career in applied science. It will suit school leavers or those looking to change career or progress into the industry.

What will I study?

You'll learn about applied science and develop analytical, evaluative and problem-solving skills with chemistry and biology theory. Units include chemistry, biology DNA/genetics, statistics, laboratory skills, personal development, and health and safety. You'll learn through groupwork, lectures, industry visits and guest speakers.

Next step course options

  • HND Applied Science 
  • Second year of a life sciences degree programme at the University of Glasgow -articulation if criteria is methttps://www.gla.ac.uk/study/wp/hncarticulation/ 
  • HND Applied Biological Science (biomedical route) 
  • HND Industrial Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Paramedical Science, Criminal Justice, Forensic Optometry and Podiatry 
  • degree courses at Glasgow Caledonian University, University of the West of Scotland, University of Strathclyde and the Open University. This includes the BSc in Biomedical Sciences

How will I be assessed?

Closed- and open-book assessments, practical experiments.

Why should I choose this course?

Most jobs need people who are competent in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, and there is a focus on STEM skills in many sectors. The science industry itself continues to grow. This course will give you what you need to progress to HND or university study. You'll be taught by lecturers with experience in the science field, go on site visits, and learn about the industry from our partners such as the Marine Conservation Society, University of the West of Scotland and Glasgow, NHS Lanarkshire and the Scottish Universities Environment ,Research Centre and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Where can this course lead?

This course leads to opportunities in science areas such as research and industrial laboratories, and biological and biomedical industries. There can be opportunities in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

What are the entry requirements?

One or more of the following: 

  • minimum of one Higher at C grade or above which must include a science subject
  • Higher Chemistry, Biology , Human Biology or Higher Environmental Science 
  • NAT 5 Maths or 
  • NQ level 6 or 
  • other relevant NQ grouping at SCQF level 5/6 or 
  • equivalent award 
  • acceptance may depend on interview

What are the interview arrangements?

Interview with professional reference, essay and qualifications discussed.

Fees, finance and funding:

Fees and finances for full time:

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds.

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Study mode Full-Time Start date 26/08/2024 Duration 1 year
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