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Higher National Certificate in Applied Sciences (Chemistry)

Qualification Gained
Pearson Higher National Certificate in Applied Sciences (Chemistry)
Study Level
University, Level 4
1 year Full-time, 2 years Part-time
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
Full-time or Part-time
David Hockney Building


The Pearson BTEC HNC in Applied Science (Chemistry) is a high quality professional and technical qualification that will prepare you for a range of careers in Applied Sciences, including Laboratory Technician, Research Technician, Technical Support Chemist/Biologist, Quality Support Technician, Manufacturing Technician, Science Technician, Technologist, Instrumentation Technician and Product Development Technician. You will taught through workshops, guest lectures delivered by industry partners and you may undertake a work placement. You will learn about the fundamentals of labratory techniques, scientific data handling, regulation in the applied sciences, inorganic and organic chemistry and physical chemistry.

  Key Info

In the Chemistry pathway, you study specialist topics such as, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, aromatic and carboxyl compounds and solid state and transition metal chemistry.

Learning methods include:

  • Lectures and Seminars
  • Laboratory Experimentation
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Guest speakers
  • Field trips
  • Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)

Stage 1 (total 120 credits):

  • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques*
  • Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques*
  • Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences (Pearson-set)*
  • Inorganic Chemistry#
  • Organic Chemistry#
  • Physical Chemistry#
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry/
  • Managing Scientific Projects/

*Mandatory units

#Mandatory Specialist units

/Centre Selected Specialist units


For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • BTEC Level 3 qualification in Applied Science (or a related subject) and/or a minimum of 64 UCAS points.
  • GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject; GCSE Mathematics and English at Grades A – C /(9 to 4) or equivalent.
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications;
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution;
  • The School of Science welcomes applications from candidates who do not meet the above criteria. Where this is the case applicants will be invited for interview at which they would be expected to demonstrates professional industry experience in a Science discipline and/or can demonstrate a strong interest in Science through extra-curricular activity, research or work experience.  As part of the interview process, candidates will undertake a numeracy and literacy skills assessment.
  • Claims for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) are welcomed by the Programme team.
  • An international equivalent of the above

Assessments may include elements of:

  • practical assessments;
  • portfolios of evidence;
  • in class’ tests;
  • lab work;
  • case studies;
  • examinations, both open and closed book;
  • reflective activities where you look back over your experiences, analyse them with the assistance of relevant theory and reflective tools, and learn from the experience;
  • online discussions that you have had with your peers, tutors and invited contributors to the programme;
  • oral and written reports;
  • journals, blogs and log books;
  • plans (e.g., action plans, plans for your group activities);
  • presentations; and
  • time-constrained tasks.

All written work related to assessments will be submitted via Turnitin to ensure
authentication of students’ work.

Although this course does not directly offer work experience, there are opportunities for you to undertake a work placement or work experience during your time studying on this course.

Additionally, Employability Skills such as team working and entrepreneurialism as well as practical hands-on skills have been built into the design of the learning aims and content. This gives you the opportunity to use relevant contexts, scenarios and materials to enable students to develop a portfolio of evidence demonstrating the breadth of their skills and knowledge in a way that equips them for employment.

Careers from our pathways include: Technician Scientist, Technician Scientist, Laboratory Technician, Research Technician, Quality Support Technician, Technologist Development Technician, Manufacturing Technician and Science Technician. You are able to complete a top up qualification to achieve a BSc at Bradford College (pending approval) or at other institutions.

Full-time: £8,000. Part-time: Pro rata rate depending on intensity of study* *Intensity of Study refers to the amount of credits being studied in the academic year.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.

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