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Higher Nationals in Applied Chemistry

Overview
This course looks to develop the specialist skills required to work within a laboratory environment in the specific field of Chemistry. Chemistry is a ‘hands on’ subject which requires attention to detail in order to complete complex analytical techniques. Within the course you will learn the complexities and organisational skills required to work within a lab. You will complete a variety of analytical sampling techniques and produce a range of scientific reports. You will gain a broad depth of subject knowledge and practical skills which will allow you to gain employment within the science or specifically Chemistry sector.

Entry Requirements
You will typically have one of the following:
* A BTEC Level 3 or other Level 3 qualification in a related subject with at least one merit in the final grade profile
* A minimum of 2 A Levels with one in a related subject at grade C or above
* Access to HE with relevant options
* Extensive relevant work experience - mature learners who have extensive work experience and/or professional qualifications in a related industry are welcome to apply

If you do not hold GCSE maths and English at grade C (Grade 4-5) or above then it is strongly recommended that you study these before starting on a Higher National programme, both to support your study and to allow you to progress to university*.

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.

Content
HNC
You will study a range of chemistry based units. These will include Organic, Inorganic, Analytical, Statistics and project based units. This course is taught using a mix of both practical and theory based sessions.

HND
You will study a range of chemistry based units which will build on from the previous nine units studied as part of the HNC. You will complete a project based unit which will underpin the key chemical concepts.

Assessment
You will be assessed through course work, practical portfolios, presentations and essays including laboratory reports.

Awarding Body
Pearson BTEC

Duration
The HNC is for one academic year which can be followed by the HND for a further academic year. A part time HNC route is also available; the duration will be two years.

Follow up courses/Progression
You can apply to university to complete a degree in a related subject; entry to the degree may be at year 2 or year 3 dependent upon the university and degree programme.

In employment you may wish to enter a variety of science based work environments such as a laboratory technician within a medical or educational environment or working within industrial laboratories.


Course information code: SCI-02-17  

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