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Applied Sciences HND (Level 5) - Full-time

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Course outline

The Higher National Diploma in Applied Sciences is a wide-ranging course providing a strong base for progression to further scientific study.

You will study a range of topics including biology, chemistry, medical physics and microbiology. Throughout the course, you will acquire a range of practical skills and experience in science disciplines to prepare you for employment or further study.

This programme is a full Level 5 qualification, designed to provide the skills and knowledge for successful employment in science-based industries, further progression in higher education or training for scientists currently employed who wish to upskill.

Transferable skills will include: critical and evaluative thinking, independent research and statistics.

Modules may include:

  • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
  • Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques
  • Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences
  • Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Medical Physics

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: ASC2

Use the UCAS code above when applying through the UCAS website.

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Location Date Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street

Start: 27th September 2021

Tuition fee: £8,250

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Course code: C031906 / Q031907


Higher National Diploma in Applied Sciences (Level 5)


2 years

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You’ll need a minimum of 48 UCAS points.

You should possess (or expect to achieve) a full Level 3 science qualification or two A-level passes in the sciences - preferably Biology and Chemistry.

GCSE English Language and Maths passes at grade C/4 or above are required.

Mature students will be considered and a variety of other life experiences can be taken into account.


Assessment is continuous, providing a range of evidence of your learning.

This may include: individual and group assignments, practical demonstrations and investigations, research and analytical projects, written essays and reports and presentations. Some modules include assessment by examination to help prepare you for further study.


After successfully completing the HND, you could continue in education by progressing to a variety of Science related BSc. (Hons) Science top-up degrees or equivalent courses. Some students progress straight to employment.

The HND opens up a wide range of possible careers in the Applied Sciences, including Laboratory Technician, Research Technician, Chemist, Biologist, Biomedical Scientist, Radiographer, and Product Development Technician.

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- 2018/19 National Student Survey