Higher Education

Applied Chemistry HND

Full-Time + Part-Time


Course Location: Whittingham Road Campus

Course Duration

  • Full-time over two years
  • Part-time over four years

Fees (2017-18)

  • Part-time total tuition fees - £12,120
  • Full-time total tuition fees - £12,000
  • Top-up from HNC - £6,000

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

UCAS course code: F1G4

How to apply

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.

There are 6 mandatory units of study, plus a range of additional units that in total allow students to achieve the required number of credits for the qualification.

What will I learn?

Core units

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Project for Applied Science
  • Analysis of Scientific Data and Information additional units
  • Materials Science and Technology
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry of Crystal Structures and Transition Metal Complexes
  • Physical Chemistry of Spectroscopy, Surfaces and Chemical and Phase Equilibria
  • Environmental Chemical Analysis Nuclear Chemistry Nanotechnology
  • Management of Projects
  • Employability Skills
  • Personal and Professional Development

Visits to local companies will be arranged as part of the programme, to support the topics being studied. A two-day trip (involving an overnight stay) to a nuclear power station is planned as part of the programme. This may be subject to the constraints of the industry.

What do I need?

96 UCAS points

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

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

This course starts in January and September. If you would like to start in January please call us on 0121 602 7770.