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A modular Level 4 course in applied chemistry, this course is suitable for employees from science based industries and for those who wish to improve their science qualifications but are unable to study full time.

Course details

Students must undertake a total of eight units to achieve a HNC in Applied Chemistry, consisting of five mandatory core units and three optional units. A list of these can be found below: Core: Inorganic Chemistry Organic Chemistry Physical Chemistry Chemical Laboratory Techniques 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; 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; Personal and Professional Development; Employability Skills Optional units are chosen in consultation with students and employers before starting the course. Detailed descriptions of all units, which also include recommended resources for that unit, can be found via Pearson's website

Entry guidelines

You need 2 A Levels (or equivalent) to study this course, one of which must be chemistry. BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Applied Science, BTEC National Certificate/National Diploma in Applied Science or Access to Higher Education (Science-based) are appropriate equivalents. Level 2 English and Level 2 maths are essential.

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

For each unit, students are assessed 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 a 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?

By studying for an additional year students can convert their Level 4 HNC Diploma into a Level 5 HND Diploma by taking a further 8 units - two of which can be built into the HNC programme. This qualification enhaces job opportunites in laboratory work and a range of related careers. Progression to HND leads to a qualification worth 240 credits. Students employed in chemical industry may progress to a Level 5 Higher Level Apprenticeship in Chemical Science. There are opportunities to progress to the part time BSc courses, delivered by the College. 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).