Title: Applied Sciences HNC
Application: Applications for full-time undergraduate courses should apply through UCAS. The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com or telephone 0371 468 0468.
UCAS Institute Code: B93
Attendance: Full time
Duration: HNC - 1 year
Start date: September

A stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable. This qualification will provide you with the essential subject knowledge needed to progress successfully into further study or into the world of work. You will undertake a core of learning in Applied Science as well as the opportunity to specialise in your desired Science related pathway.

The pathways include:

• Biology
• Chemistry

Bury College University Centre is working hard to put appropriate safety measures into place and welcoming you to a safe learning environment this Autumn. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, face to face teaching will be delivered where practically possible and will follow guidelines on social distancing.  In response to changing circumstances and changes in public health advice, learning will be delivered in small class sizes. Online resources will be used to support learning.  In the event of further social restrictions, for example a further lockdown, delivery of courses will be taught online using a blend of learning resources and online teaching.

This course includes a wide range of practical elements. Please note, adaptations may be required to some of the practical aspects of course delivery to ensure learning is delivered in line with current regulations. Depending on government guidelines, this may include some sessions of face to face classroom learning in smaller groups for practical delivery, complemented by some sessions of virtual learning. Some modules can be delivered online or through a mixture of face to face and online if required.

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You will develop knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the Applied Sciences  sector through core units.

The units include:

  • Biological Molecules
  • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
  • Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques
  • Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences

The ‘specialist pathways’ allow you to study units from your area of interest. These units include:

  • Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Anatomy and Human Physiology
  • Inorganic or Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Principles of Ecology and their Applications
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Microbiological Techniques

You will be assessed through a range of different methods.

Successful completion of the HNC in Applied Sciences guarantees a year 2 place at The University of Salford on a range of Biology/Chemistry related degrees.

The course provides opportunities for students to enter employment in the Applied Sciences or the chance to progress on to further study.

Students who successfully complete their Applied Sciences HNC Chemistry pathway have a guaranteed place on the second year of a BSc (Hons) Chemistry at the University of Salford.

Those students who successfully complete the Applied Sciences HNC Biology pathway, also have a guaranteed place at the University of Salford on the second year of one of the following degrees; BSc (Hons) Biology, BSc (Hons) Zoology,  BSc (Hons) Human Biology & Infectious Diseases. Please note that different fees will apply.

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Entry Requirements

  • BTEC Applied in a Science related subject minimum MMP (equivalent to 80 UCAS points) or 2 A-levels (D or above) in a Science related subject – every application is considered on an individual basis
  • Applicants should also have five GCSEs at Grade C or above (or equivalent) including Science, English and maths
  • The centre will also consider applicants who have passed a Kitemarked Access to Higher Education course (equivalent to 80 UCAS points)
  • If you do not have the standard entry requirements but have relevant work experience or an alternative qualification you may still be eligible for the course
  • You may be required to attend for an interview or assessment

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