• Science

    HNC Applied Science

  • Eligible Schools

    All Ayrshire schools

    This course is for school pupils only.

  • Location/Day/Time

    Ayr Campus Tuesday and Thursday 9am - 4pm

    Kilmarnock Campus Tuesday and Thursday 9am - 4pm

    Kilwinning Campus Monday and Wednesday 9am - 4pm

  • Start Date

    From 10 Jun 2019

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.

Please note this course requires attendance until the end of May, as you are infilling into a full-time course. Exceptions are made for SQA exam days.

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

    Assessment is a mix of practical and theory tests throughout the year.

    Next Steps

    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
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    10 Jun 2019



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