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Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Course closed, course will reopen in January 2022

HNC Applied Science provides the essential practical laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge required for employment in the health and industrial sectors. It covers a range of science subjects and prepares you for further study at university.

What will I learn?

  • Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Laboratory skills

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Two Highers, or equivalent, in Biology or Human Biology AND Higher Chemistry at grade C or above AND National 5, or equivalent, passes at A or B in Mathematics and English. A Foundation Apprenticeship in Science at Level 6 will be considered alongside these entry requirements, OR
  • NQ/NC Science Level 6 course
  • A suitable reference
  • We will also consider your application if you have relevant experience but no formal qualifications.

Entry requirement equivalency table

  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Articulation Routes

Successful candidates on the HNC Applied Sciences have the opportunity to articulate into year 2 of various undergraduate degree programmes at local universities. This includes Strathclyde University, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of the West of Scotland.

Jobs and further study

  • Successful completion of the course, allows for progression into HND Applied Biological Science (Biomedical route) and the HND Industrial Biotechnology.
  • Successful completion of the course, allows for progression into a range of degree courses at Glasgow Caledonian University, University of the West of Scotland, University of Strathclyde and the Open University. This includes the BSc. in Biomedical Sciences programme.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and we will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • You will be sent a link to complete an entry test
  • Once you have completed the entry test, you will be invited to attend an interview online using Microsoft Teams. Please have your qualifications, and photographic identification to show at the interview
  • Interviews will take place from March through to June.


You will be informed of the outcome by email within 10 working days after the interview. There are four possible outcomes:

  1. Unconditional offer: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed
  2. Conditional offer: your place is secured, pending meeting the entry requirements
  3. Waiting list: you have met all entry requirements, however, the course is full. If any spaces become available you may be contacted.
  4. Unsuccessful: you have not met the entry criteria or did not meet the necessary level at the skills test. You can call the Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

If a place is unavailable at your first choice of campus, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within 10 working days.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further details such as start date, joining instruction, induction date and funding information.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3267