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Bradford College

Higher National Certificate in Applied Sciences

Subject Area
Applied Science, Sciences
Qualification Gained
Pearson Higher National Certificate in Applied Sciences
Study Level
University, Level 4
2 years Full-time
Start Date
Study Mode


This course will run subject to approval.

The Higher National Certificate in Applied Science offers participants three distinct pathways.

  • Higher National Certificate in Biology
  • Higher National Certificate in Chemistry
  • Higher National Certificate in Environmental Science


In year 1 you will study eight units. Three units are universal to all three pathways and then you will study a further 5 specialist units.

In year 2 you will study eight units. Three units are universal to all three pathways and then you will study a further 5 specialist units.

  Key Info

In the Biology pathway, you study specialist topics such as, Cell Biology, Anatomy and Human Physiology, Biochemistry of macromolecules and metabolic pathways, immunology and Genetics.

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.

In the Environmental Science pathway, you will study 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)

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

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.

Fees: Course fees are £7750.

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.

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 ay any time.