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Applied Chemical Science HNC (Level 4) – Full-time

Course outline

If you’re passionate about chemistry, this Level 4 HNC course could be ideal.

It has been designed to provide a broad range of skills, knowledge, understanding and personal qualities required to work in a chemical science-based field. This course is also suitable if you are currently employed in a relevant industrial sector and are seeking higher-level qualifications to develop further your career.

You’ll develop knowledge and understanding of chemical theories and practice to be able to apply them in a variety of science-related industrial contexts.

Level 4 (HNC) modules include:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Chemical Laboratory Techniques
  • Analysis of Scientific Data and Information
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Work-based Investigation
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: CHE1
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Location Date Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street

Start: Monday 25th September 2023

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Tuition fee: £8,250

Course code: C038495 / Q038496


Pearson Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Applied Sciences (Chemistry)


1 year

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points (preferably including a science-based subject).

You must have achieved GCSE passes at Grades A* - C/ 9 - 4 in English Language and Maths or equivalent.

Mature students with relevant industrial experience are encouraged to apply.

Teaching & assessment

Units are assessed via a range of internally set and assessed assignments including: reports, case studies, oral presentations, practical assessments, individual project work, data analysis, research, investigation, problem-solving tasks and portfolios of evidence.


From the Level 4 HNC, you could progress on to our Level 5 HND programme. Upon successful completion of the HND, you could also progress onto a wide range of science-based top-up degree courses, such as a BSc (Hons) or to further professional study in applied biology or a related discipline.

Previous graduates have made careers in the public or private sectors. Specific areas include: analytical, medicinal or process chemistry, biotechnology, environmental, formulation, forensic or materials science, food technology, pharmacology or toxicology.