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

Applications open January 2024

HNC Applied Sciences (enhanced course in partnership with the University of Glasgow (UofG)) is aimed at students who wish to study a Life Science degree at the UofG and who meet the widening participation criteria detailed below.

This course is enhanced with additional studies carried out at the UofG to allow you to articulate into the 2nd year of Life Sciences degree programmes upon successful completion.

Please note, you will be required to undertake classes both within the College (throughout the academic year) and at UofG from Jan to June.

What will I learn?

During this HNC Applied Science course in partnership with University of Glasgow you will study:

  • Cell biology
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • DNA and genetics
  • Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics and statistics
  • Laboratory skills

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Minimum of one Higher (Grade C) in either Chemistry or Biology/Human Biology, PLUS National 5 (Grade A/B in Chemistry, Biology, Maths and English).   
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies will be considered in place of Higher Chemistry 
  • NQ/NC Applied Science (Level 6)
  • Higher ESOL (Grade A/B) 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 laboratory experience but no formal qualifications – please contact us to discuss by clicking Enquire now 

Please note this course is a widening partnership initiative, and in addition to the academic entry requirements, applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • be Scottish domiciled and residing within a target postcode area (SIMD, deciles 1 to 4). You can check your postcode for eligibility on the University of Glasgow's postcode checker OR
  • be care-experienced OR
  • be estranged from your family OR
  • have caring responsibilities OR 
  • have completed a suitable Science based SWAP course

Please note: Scottish domiciled applicants must have been ordinarily resident within Scotland for three years prior to the start of their course.

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.

If you do not meet the widening access criteria for this course, you can still apply for our HNC Applied Sciences at either our Cardonald or Langside Campus and, on successful completion, apply to any university via UCAS.

Articulation Routes

Successful completion of all 15 credits on the HNC Applied Science (with an A in the Graded unit) and the university Life Science modules will allow you to articulate directly to 2nd year of any Life Science degree programme at the University of Glasgow.   

A full list of degrees can be found here. 

Further information on the UofG’s HNC Articulation programme can be found here. 

Successful completion of the HNC Applied Science allows for progression to Life Science degrees at other universities also. 

Jobs and further study

Successful completion of the course, allows for progression to HND Applied Biological Science (Biomedical route) and HND Industrial Biotechnology.

You can also progress into a range of degree courses at local universities including Glasgow Caledonian University, University of the West of Scotland, University of Strathclyde and the Open University. 

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 273 3267