HNC Applied Science

Part-time, HE
Level 4
Two years
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Duration: Two years

 Study Level 4 HNC in Applied Sciences (Chemistry) at Gower College Swansea. Where you will study organic, physical and inorganic chemistry with laboratory techniques and applications in pollution control, water quality, analysis and regulations.

All units are taught by specialist lecturers. The units are assessed using a variety of assignments. Due to the focus on assessments in this course there are many opportunities to undertake practical activities, which will help develop scientific skills.

Updated December 2023

Key information

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

Level 3 qualifications in science or equivalent e.g. A-levels, BTEC.

Course Delivery


 The course runs one day a week for two years. Course delivery is based in laboratories, online and in the workplace. Assessments are based on written assignments, presentations, laboratory work and work-based projects and graded at pass, merit or distinction.

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

 Students have progressed on to Year 2 of BSc Chemistry at University. RSciTech status is facilitated for NVQ students.

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

There may be additional costs associated with the course i.e.

Travel to and from college or placement

Photopcopying, stationery and equipment costs (e.g. USB sticks)

Printing and binding

gowns for graduation ceremonies

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