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Higher National Certificate in Applied Sciences (Environmental Science)

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


The Higher National Certificate in Applied Science is ideal if you’d like to combine scientific knowledge with an awareness of issues to address the system changes needed to tackle environment problems such as climate change. The subject-specific, practical and transferrable skills acquired on this course will enable you to drive positive environmental change within a wide variety of sectors. Environmental Science covers topics such as Laboratory Techniques, Managing Environmental Resources and Managing Scientific Projects.

  Key Info

In the Environmental Science pathway, you study specialist topics such as, Laboratory Techniques, Managing Environmental Resources and Managing Scientific Projects.

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)*
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry#
  • Principles of Ecology and their Applications#
  • Physiological Adaptation of Plants to Environmental Changes#
  • Managing Environmental Resources/
  • 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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