• Science

    HNC Applied Sciences

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, 3 days per week for one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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Please note that as of 31 May 2022, applications for this course at the Kilwinning Campus are for the Waiting List only

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.

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 OR a pass in a science-related NC course at SCQF Level 6, or Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies, or equivalent.
  • An interview with us.

If you don’t have any formal qualifications, but have life experience or other training, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

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.

Go Anywhere

For employed candidates this course is also available on Part Time/Day Release basis. To discuss this option and to obtain further information please contact the department by emailing:
lynn.anderson@ayrshire.ac.uk (Kilmarnock Campus)
carolann.mcconnachie@ayrshire.ac.uk (Kilwinning Campus)

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

Moving onto HND Biomedical Science (SCQF Level 8) or HND Industrial Biotechnology (at Glasgow Kelvin College)
Moving onto HND Industrial Biotechnology (at Kilwinning)
Moving onto a degree course at university, via our articulation arrangements, such as BSc Biomedical Science at UWS or Glasgow Caledonian University (direct entry to year 2)
Seeking to start your career with employment, such as a technical level post in NHS

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2022

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2022

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2022

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