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Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications open January 2024

HNC Applied Science -Chemistry Route is aimed at recent school leavers who wish to progress to university to study a chemistry-related degree. Due to the breadth of chemistry on the course, it is aimed at those who have studied chemistry to Higher/Advanced Higher level.

You will study the four fundamental branches of chemistry: physical, organic, inorganic, and analytical chemistry, in addition to more specialised organic chemistry subjects. Studies of chemical theory are coupled with practical vocational skills development using modern chemical instrumentation. You will also develop knowledge of the biotechnology industry through the study of microbiology and biotechnology units.

Please note that places on this course are limited.

What will I learn?

  • Fundamental chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Base catalysed and organometallic chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Biotechnology: An introduction
  • Mathematics
  • Laboratory skills

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Minimum of Higher at grade C in Chemistry PLUS National 5 at grade A/B in Biology, Maths and English.
  • Applicants with Advanced Higher Chemistry and Higher Maths but no biology will also be considered.
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies will be considered in place of Higher Chemistry; OR
  • NQ/NC Science Level 6 course
  • Higher ESOL (Grade A/B) or equivalent will be required for any applicants whose first language is not English
  • A suitable reference may be requested but will not be required as standard.
  • We will also consider your application if you have relevant lab experience but no formal qualifications – Please contact us to discuss by clicking Enquire now

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.

Jobs and further study

Successful completion of the course allows for progression to year 2 of HND Applied Biological Science (Biomedical route) or HND Industrial Biotechnology at Glasgow Clyde College.

Successfully completing the HNC course will also allow for progression to a variety of chemistry, forensic science and analytical degrees.

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 (remember to check your junk/SPAM folder if you do not hear from us).


  • Your application will be reviewed by the lecturing team. If you meet (or are working towards achieving) the minimum entry requirements for the course, you will then be invited to an information session on campus where you will meet lecturers, and find out more about the course and support services at the college.  You are required to attend this information session before any offer will be made.


  • Information sessions will be held regularly between February and June. You will receive an offer shortly after attending an information session if you are suitable for the course.



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 14 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 14 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