HNC Applied Science
All Ayrshire schools
This course is for school pupils only.
Ayr Campus - TBC
Kilmarnock Campus - TBC
Kilwinning Campus - TBC
Who is the course for
The life sciences industry in Scotland is thriving, offering exciting opportunities to collaborate, bring new concepts to life and life-changing products to market. A key part of this is biomedical science, which focuses on how the human body works, and how to treat or cure it from disease. Biomedical scientists usually work in a laboratory, carrying out tests related to screening, analysis or diagnosis. This ranges from common blood tests and tissue samples, to specialist procedures to detect cancer.
If you're looking for a career in the biomedical sector, this course is ideal. Alternatively, it may also help your entry to future nursing or midwifery studies.
What is the course about
This course focuses on biology and chemistry theory, but with the underpinning practical skills required to be a successful and employable scientist - be prepared to spend plenty of time in the lab conducting experiments and processing your results!
Firstly, on the theory side, you’ll look at fundamental chemistry, beginning with atomic structure and moving onto topics such as chemical formulae, organic chemistry and chemical equilibrium.
You’ll study the human body and its physiological processes such as the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive systems.
You'll look at cell biology, including cell membrane, proteins and cellular communication. You’ll then explore at the fascinating area of DNA and genetics, including key aspects of the cell cycle, genes, inheritance and applications of DNA technology.
In microbiology, you'll focus on the different types of micro-organisms (prokaryotic, eukaryotic and akaryotic), while in biochemistry you’ll learn about the key aspects of biological molecules, enzymes and energy production within cells.
Finally, you'll look at biotechnology, including genetically modified organisms, production techniques in biotechnology products, applications such as genetically modified plants and animals, and ethical issues.
What do I need
For entry to this course you’ll need:
A real interest in science
A minimum of one relevant Higher at Grade C or above, preferably Biology, Human Biology or Chemistry
How will I be assessed
Theory based Outcomes are assessed holistically by means of an end of Unit closed-book assessment under controlled conditions. Practical Outcomes are evidenced by a variety of means, including laboratory work. There is also a Graded Unit element to the course which is assessed by the use of a scientific report.
You may progress to:
HND Biomedical Science (SCQF Level 8) or HND Industrial Biotechnology (at Glasgow Kelvin College)
Degree course at university, via our articulation arrangements, such as BSc Biomedical Science at UWS or Glasgow Caledonian University (direct entry to year 2)
Start your career with employment, such as a technical level post in NHS