• Science

    HNC Applied Sciences

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2024


Unlock the door to Scotland's thriving life sciences industry with our HNC Applied Sciences course. Delve into the fascinating world of biomedical science, where you'll explore the inner workings of the human body and contribute to groundbreaking advancements. In just one year, you may you may gain valuable skills, become part of a vibrant learning community, and open doors to diverse opportunities in the world of life sciences.

Entry Requirements

We’re looking for you to have a:

  • a real interest in Science
  • a minimum of one Higher at Grade C or above, ideally in Biology, Human Biology or Chemistry
  • alternatively, a science related NC course at SCQF Level 6, a Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies or equivalent

Mathematics at National 5 or intermediate 2 level is also beneficial.

No formal qualifications? Don't worry! We may consider life experience or relevant training.

Course Content

This course blends essential knowledge with practical skills crucial for a successful career in Science. You’ll learn biology and chemistry, 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!

Our comprehensive curriculum includes:

  • laboratory skills
  • human physiology
  • microbiology
  • fundamental chemistry and biochemistry
  • cell biology
  • DNA and genetics
  • statistics/mathematics

Next Steps and Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course, you may:

  • progress to HND Biomedical Science at Ayrshire College or HND Industrial Biotechnology
  • move onto a related degree at a university
  • begin your career, securing a technical level post in the NHS or similar fields

Why Choose This Course?

This course will deepen your understanding of biomedical science and equip you with practical skills for real world applications. From mastering laboratory techniques to unravelling the mysteries of DNA, this course cultivates versatile skills that open doors to diverse career opportunities. Your success is our priority, and this course lays the foundation for a fulfilling career in life sciences. Discover the impact you can make—choose HNC Applied Sciences.

For more information or to discuss part-time or day release options, contact us at:

  • Lynn Anderson: lynn.anderson@ayrshire.ac.uk (Kilmarnock Campus)
  • Carolann McConnachie: carolann.mcconnachie@ayrshire.ac.uk (Kilwinning Campus)

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2024

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2024

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