Science Student
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
22 Aug 2022
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 year

Courses starting in August 2023 will open for applications on Monday 16th January 2023.

HNC Applied Sciences (enhanced course in partnership with the University of Glasgow (UofG)) provides you with the opportunity to build on your studies of Biology and Chemistry at higher level. It allows you to develop the essential practical laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge required to progress to study at university or to work within the life science and chemical sector.

This course is enhanced with addition 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 the UofG (from Jan to June).

What will I learn?

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

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Completion of a Higher (Level 6) NQ/NC Science course; OR
  • Higher (or equivalent) in Biology or Human Biology AND Higher Chemistry at grade C or above PLUS SCQF level 5 (National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade) 1 or 2 or A or B passes in Mathematics and English;  
  • A Foundation Apprenticeship in science at Level 6 will be considered alongside the entry requirements above
  • A suitable reference may be requested but will not be required as standard.
  • We will also consider your application if you have relevant science experience but no formal qualifications.

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 domiliced and residing within a target postcode area (SIMD, deciles 1 to 4). You can check your postcode for eligibilty 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

If you successfully complete this course you can articulate directly into year 2 of any Life Sciences degree programme at the University of Glasgow. (from Animal Biology, Infection and Immunity, Biomolecular Science and Human Biology)

Other articulation routes are also available from this course.

Jobs and further study

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

You can also progress into a range of degree courses at local universities. Such as, 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 (remember to check your junk/SPAM folder if you do not hear from us). We will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • You will be invited to an online information session where you will find out more information about the course.You will be sent a link to complete an online entry test.
  • Once you have successfully 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 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