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HNC Applied Sciences

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Course title

BTEC Higher National Certificate in Applied Sciences (three pathways available; Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science)
120 credits

These qualifications may form the off the job training for an apprenticeship programme

Campus location

Whittingham Campus

Why study this course?

This course comprises of eight modules of study – all at Level 4 and all carrying 15 credits each. There are three compulsory modules, plus five optional modules.  The choice of optional modules will determine the title of the final HNC award.

Length of course

Full time, one year
Part time, two years

*Please note the Environmental Science pathway can only be studied part time, over two years.

Compulsory modules

All pathways contain the following compulsory modules:

  • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques – 15 credits
  • Scientific Data Handling – 15 credits                                      
  • Regulation and Quality in Applied Sciences – 15 credits

Specific additional compulsory modules are required for each pathway, together with optional modules.  Please note that every effort will be made to accommodate individual choices of optional modules, but the College cannot guarantee that every option will always be available.

Optional modules

For the Biology pathway, there are two additional compulsory modules:

  • Fundamentals of Chemistry,
  • Anatomy and Human Physiology

Two optional modules are also chosen from the following:

  • Principles of Ecology and Their Applications
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Personal and Professional Development for Scientists

For the Chemistry pathway, there are three additional compulsory modules:

  • Inorganic Chemistry – 15 credits
  • Organic Chemistry – 15 credits
  • Physical Chemistry – 15 credits

Two optional modules are also chosen from the following:

  • Personal & Professional Development for Scientists – 15 credits
  • Introduction to Material Properties & Applications – 15 credits
  • Introduction to Polymer Materials & Properties15 credits
  • Spectroscopy, Surface Chemistry and Equilibria


For the Environmental Science pathway, there are three additional compulsory modules:

  • Fundamentals of Chemistry – 15 credits
  • Principles of Ecology & their Applications – 15 credits
  • Physiological Adaptation of Plants to Environmental Changes – 15 credits

Two optional modules are also chosen from the following:

  • Managing Environmental Resources15 credits
  • Microbiological Techniques – 15 credits
  • Personal & Professional Development for Scientists – 15 credits

Delivery

Available to study from September 2020:

  • Students attend College full time two days per week, or one day part time per week, during term time and participate in a range of activities including lectures, workshops, practical activities, tutorials and presentations.
  • Students allocated a personal tutor to support them in the transition to higher education, and provide advice and guidance.
  • Students are encouraged to use a wide range of resources, including books and online journals from the Learning Resource Centre on Campus, as well as online learning materials.

Assessment

You will engage in a range of learning and assessment activities, and be encouraged to become effective and independent in researching and presenting work.

Assessment is through practical and theoretical assignment activities, where there are between two and four assignments set per module of study.

All assignment work is both assessed and quality assured within College, as well as being subject to quality assurance sampling by the awarding body.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply via UCAS Apply, using the appropriate UCAS code:

Biology: H420
Chemistry: H416

Click here to watch a video on how to use UCAS Apply 2020

Part-time applicants should apply via the ‘Apply’ link on the Halesowen College website.

*Please note the Environmental Science pathway can only be studied part time, over two years.

If your qualification(s) are not listed, please contact Halesowen College’s Admissions Team for further guidance on 0121 602 7888.

Entry requirements

English and Maths GCSE grades C/4 or above 
A related Level 3 qualification.

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Any other information an applicant would need to know at this initial stage?

Applicants who have been out of education for several years and/or have not studied Maths and Science above GCSE level should seek advice via Admissions regarding preparative study.

Start date

September 2020

Day

2020 course timetable to be confirmed, and varies depending on pathway choice.  Please contact Admissions for further guidance on 0121 602 7888.

Time

2020 course timetable to be confirmed.

Course fee

£4880

If you would like to study this programme as part of an apprenticeship, please contact Admissions on 0121 602 7888.

Course code

Available for September 2020 entry:

HNC Applied Science Biology RQF: H70015A
HNC Applied Science Chemistry RQF: H70018A
HNC Applied Science Environmental: APS1

Study mode

Available to study full time and part time.

*Please note the Environmental Science pathway can only be studied part time, over two years.


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