Higher Education

Applied Chemistry HNC

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Course Location Whittingham Road Campus

Duration of the course: Part-time 2 years

Fees (2017-18)

  • Part-time total tuition fees - £6,620

Please note that we are currently unable to accept international students.

About this course

The HNC in Applied Chemistry provides thorough grounding in the three theoretical branches of Chemistry, while allowing you to develop your knowledge and practical skills in a range of specialist areas of Applied Chemistry.

It is recognised as an excellent preparation for those hoping to work in laboratories as technicians, and allows for interests ranging from Biochemistry/Medical Chemistry to Materials Science and Technology.

It can be studied as a stand-alone qualification, or as part of an Advanced Apprenticeship in Laboratory and Associated Activities. (Please see Higher Apprenticeship section for more information).

Learners studying on this course are eligible to apply to become student members of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

What will I learn?

Core units

  • Unit 1: Inorganic Chemistry
  • Unit 2: Organic Chemistry
  • Unit 3: Physical Chemistry
  • Unit 4: Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Unit 5: Analysis of Scientific Data and Information

There are 24 optional units, from which 3 are required to achieve the qualification (options available will be dependent on staff specialisms).

What do I need?

48 UCAS points

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Applied Sciences or a similar discipline;or
  • 2 or more A Levels which must include Chemistry and one other Science; or
  • Access to Higher Education Certificate preferably Science based

This profile should be supported by GCSE grades A* to C in English Language and Maths (essential for those enrolled on an apprenticeship)

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.

Where can it take me?

Employment routes after completion of qualification

This specialist study is relevant if you are aiming for progression in your existing career or seeking employment in a laboratory environment.

Top up routes after completion of the qualification

If you wish to continue your studies you can use this qualification to progress on to a full honours degree at many universities, in Chemistry-based subject areas.

Additional Information

You can start this course in September or January.