HNC Applied Science

Course Overview

Duration: Two years

This two-year course provides individuals working in the chemical and related industries with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to succeed in employment. Learners will develop a range of skills, techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Updated November 2022

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Access to HE Diploma –Pass
  • A Level – DD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma – PPP
  • BTEC L3 90-Credit Diploma – MM

Course Delivery

Applied Sciences (Chemistry Pathway)

Year 1

Unit 1: Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques (Mandatory)

Unit 2: Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques (Mandatory)

Unit 7: Inorganic Chemistry (Mandatory)

Unit 8: Organic Chemistry (Mandatory)

Year 2

Unit 3: Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences (Pearson - set)

Unit 9: Physical Chemistry 

Unit 64: Work Based Investigation

Unit 73: Environmental Pollutants and Water Testing

Progression Opportunities

Progression on to an undergraduate degree in applied chemistry or a related area.

Additional Information

Recognition of Prior Learning

Student may be able to gain recognition for previous learning.  Please contact for advice if you feel this may be relevant, further information is available at:

The tuition fees for this course are £1,200 per year

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