Applied Sciences HNC (Senior Phase)


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The HNC Applied Sciences is a wide-ranging course, covering the theoretical and practical aspects of modern sciences. You will study ecology, environmental issues, and the core sciences; develop your laboratory skills; and improve your research and writing skills.

You will learn a broad range of sciences, such as Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Environmental disciplines. Developing scientific theoretical knowledge and scientific communication and presentations skills. The Graded Unit gives you the opportunity to conduct specialised research in a topic that will hone your scientific knowledge in your chosen field for progression. 


Level SCQF 7



Location Inverness Campus

Duration 1 Year


Course content...

Mandatory units may include:

Semester 1

  • Mathematics for science
  • Statistics for science

Semester 2

  • Applied sciences: graded unit
  • Fundamental chemistry: theory and laboratory skills
  • Cell biology: theory and laboratory skills

Semesters 1 and 2

  • Laboratory skills for science industries
  • Physics for life sciences (Inverness only)

What next...

The course will prepare you for further study in many science disciplines in Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, and Physics, such as biotechnology, immunology, genetics, zoology, biochemistry, ecology, and medical physics.

On successful completion of this course, you may be able to progress onto the first or second year of our degree programmes, including: 

  • BSc (Hons) Bioscience
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
  • BSc (Hons) Geography
  • BSc (Hons) Marine Science
  • BSc (Hons) Optometry

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher in a science-related subject. 
  • National 5 in 2 other sciences (Chemistry, Biology, Physics)