BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) Applied Chemistry (HNC 2 Year Conversion) (Part-time) - S156

12 Quays Part Time Higher Education Duration 2 years

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This level 5 course is suitable for employees from science based industries and for those who wish to upgrade their HNC to HND and require flexible study. Those who undertook a 1 or 2 year HNC may do this course to top up to HND in 2 years.

This Applied Chemistry course is taught at our multi-million pound Twelve Quays campus in Birkenhead.

Course Details

The course is designed to increase knowledge and skills in the subject of chemistry. Following full completion of HNC in Applied Chemistry, students will have to undertake an additional core unit and seven optional modules.

(Please note that the number of additional units needed to convert an HNC to an HND depends on whether the HNC was the current 8 unit or previous specification 10 unit qualification.)

    Core Units:

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Project for Applied Science
  • Analysis of Scientific Data and Information

    Optional Units:

  • Laboratory Management
  • Work-based Investigation (this is mandatory for apprentices)
  • Inorganic Chemistry of Crystal Structures and Transition Metal Complexes
  • Organic Chemistry of Aromatic and Carbonyl Compounds
  • Physical Chemistry of Spectroscopy, Surfaces and Chemical and Phase Equilibria
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemical Analysis
  • Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Nanotechnology
  • Materials Science and Technology
  • Personal and Professional Development (mandatory for apprentices)
  • Employability Skills (mandatory for apprentices).

Note that those who did HNC on the previous specification may need to upgrade a few of their existing units where unit specifications have changed significantly.

It is possible to import units from the Applied Biology course.

Entry Guidelines

Students must meet the requirements of achieving a full HNC in Applied Chemistry to have the option to boost a HNC to a HND.

Assessment Method

Students will be assessed on each unit through coursework and practical assignments. This course is assessed by assignments which contribute to a pass, merit or distinction grade for each unit. This qualification will have an overall grade of pass, merit or distinction.

Additional Information

For timetabled sessions, students will be based at the College's Twelve Quays Campus.

The College's term dates are available on its website. However, these may differ according to the programme's assessment calendar. Assessment calendars and timetables of study are typically available in respective course handbooks, accessible through the College Virtual Campus following enrolment.

Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are designated Higher Education qualifications in the UK. They are aligned to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Subject Sector Benchmarks. These qualifications are part of the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Where can I progress to?

This qualification enhances job opportunities in laboratory work and a range of related careers. It can also lead to higher education studies such as BSc (Hons), which can be delivered at the College in partnership with UCLan. This award is accepted by the Royal Society of Chemistry as satisfying part of their requirement for eventual professional recognition.

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