Higher Education

Applied Chemistry HND

Full-Time + Part-Time


Course Location: Whittingham Road Campus

Course Duration

  • Full-time over two years
  • Part-time over three years, one day a week

Fees (2018-19)

  • Part-time total tuition fees - £12,454.40
  • Full-time total tuition fees - £12,000.00
  • Top-up from HNC (part-time) - £6,115.80
  • Top-up from HNC (full-time) - £6,000

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

UCAS course code: F1G4

How to apply

  • For Full-Time applications, apply via UCAS:
  • For Part-Time applications, apply using the following online application system:

About this course

The HND in Applied Chemistry provides thorough grounding in the three theoretical branches of Chemistry, while allowing learners to develop their 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.

The Higher National Diploma in Applied Chemistry is recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and students studying on the programme may apply to become members of the Society.

What will I learn?

Core units

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Analysis of Scientific Data and Information additional units
  • Project for Applied Science

Plus 10 specialist units

Visits to local companies will be arranged as part of the programme, to support the topics being studied.

How will I be assessed?

Through a range of practical and theoretical assessments

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
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate preferably Science based; or
  • Have completed a HNC in Applied Chemistry

This profile should be supported by GCSE grades A* to C (or 4) in Maths and English Language (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?

Those wishing to continue their studies can use this qualification to progress to a full honours top up degree, in a Chemistry related subject, at many universities.

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