Course Type / Attendance

Part Time, Higher Education

Subject Area


Start Date


Course Length

2 years




Adult, Higher Education



Course Level


Award to be received

Higher National Certificate

Regulatory Body


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Who is this course for?

This course is for those who have a Level 3 Science qualification, are employed in a Chemistry related industry and are looking to improve their practical skills and knowledge.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You will need to be over 18 and have a relevant level 3 qualification.  You must also have a minimum of 32 UCAS points and GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade C or above, or an equivalent.

We also welcome applications from those with relevant industrial experience.

Accreditation of prior learning

If you have gained credit at another higher education provider, you may be able to receive accreditation of prior learning. For further information please contact the College’s admissions team on

What are the key things you'll learn?

Course Overview

The course lays a firm foundation for those progressing to study chemistry at higher levels and for employees working in the chemical industry. Aspects of structure & bonding are investigated along with a survey of important industrial applications. Isomerism in organic chemistry is studied along with reaction mechanisms and functional group chemistry.

In physical chemistry, thermodynamics, reaction rate, ionic conductance, electrochemical cells and electrolysis are amongst the topics covered.

The course also develops the mathematical and statistical techniques used in the analysis of scientific data.

There is a strong emphasis on practical skills and data analysis commonly used in analytical and preparative chemistry.

The college has invested heavily in analytical instrumentation and spectroscopic analysis will be featured extensively, with learners gaining hands on experience.

A work-based investigation involving a team working on a common project with each individual carrying out a specific role and contributing key information to the final outcome is another key feature of the programme.



Each of the units listed below is worth 15 credits, with the entire HNC totalling 120 credits.  All units are mandatory.

Our teaching is informed by current practice and units may change periodically to reflect developments in the sector.

Year 1

Inorganic Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Analysis of Data  & Scientific Information


Year 2

Chemical Laboratory Techniques

Analytical Chemistry

Work Based Investigation

Atomic & Nuclear Physics for Spectroscopic




The course runs on a Wednesday from 9:00 to 5pm.  Detailed timetables are available at enrolment.


How you will learn


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and practical sessions. Seminars

enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics.

Indicative class size 12

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and practical sessions or other timetabled session you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research, preparing coursework assignment and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities including the learning centre and the college virtual learning environment (VLE).

Overall workload

Your overall weekly workload consists of 7 hours of class contact time and approximately 10 hours of independent learning and assignment activity, with each 15 credit unit taken equating to a total study time of around 150 hours.

Academic Support

Our HE Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:

  • Study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills (in conjunction with the learning centres)
  • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

Teaching Staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team chemists and mathematicians with extensive teaching and industrial experience.   Our teaching is informed by the relevant practice within the sector and all of our academic staff have a teaching qualification.


Each unit is continuously assessed via coursework.  This includes laboratory reports, practical skills assessments, oral presentations, essays and research projects.


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 10 working days of hand-in (practice assessments) and 20 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

Where could this course take you?

After successfully completing this course you could progress onto the Level 5 HND Chemical Science for Industry qualification.

Typical salaries for an Analytical Chemist are £17,000 to £35,000

Senior scientists can earn over £50,000.

What costs will you incur?

Fees for September 2018

£2,300 per year

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • Annual £10 printing allowance
  • Loan of equipment required for modules

Financial support

For more information on Student Finance please go to our HE Finance page