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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 2 year HNC may do this course to top up to HND in 1 year.

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 Unit: 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; Industrial Chemistry; Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways; Polymer Chemistry; Medicinal Chemistry; Atomic and Nuclear Physics for Spectroscopic Applications; Environmental Monitoring and Analysis; Environmental Management and Conservation; Quality Assurance and Quality Control; Management of Projects; Managing the Work of Individuals and Teams; Nuclear Chemistry; Nanotechnology; Materials Science and Technology; Statistics for Experimental Design; Work-based Experience (mandatory for apprentices); 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 convert a HNC to a HND.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Assessment Method

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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When does this course run?

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).

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