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Applied Science (Chemistry) — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Course information

The HNC in Chemistry (level 4) provides an excellent grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required for progressing onto further studies, such as a BSc, or into employment within the science industries.

You will study a total of nine 15 credit units which include five mandatory units:

  • Inorganic
  • Organic
  • Physical
  • Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Analysis of Scientific Data and Information

Plus two optional level 4 units:

  • Industrial
  • Material Science and Technology

Skills and Knowledge Developed: The programme develops a deeper understanding of chemical principles at Level 4. Students will also become experienced in laboratory technician skills and have access to equipment such as infra-red and UV and HPLC flame spectroscopy.

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HNC Applied Science (Chemistry) Programme Handbook (19-20)

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


Higher National Certificate in Applied Chemistry

This course leads to...

This programme produces science undergraduates skilled in a broad range of specialist areas. Progression is through direct entry into the industry or through further study at HND or degree level.

Entry Requirements

• A2 qualifications, with a grade D in A2 Chemistry desirable
• BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMM

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

Why study with us?

Within the scheme, there are opportunities for students to attain a level of professional practice in the laboratory as well as independent learning through individual project work. There are also opportunities to get involved with industry through the College’s long established links with the sector.
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Further Information...

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Course ID: 163796

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

Fee for21/22 is 6568.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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