This two-year, full-time course provides an excellent foundation for a range of careers in the chemical sciences. It is broadly equivalent to the first year of degree-level study in chemistry and is a well-balanced mix of theory and practical laboratory sessions which are complemented by industrial visits. Particular emphasis is placed on practical skills development and you will become proficient in both wet chemistry and instrumental techniques, including: HPLC, GC-MS, FTIR, UV-Vis spectrophotometry and flame emission spectroscopy. You will study a range of core and specialist units including Inorganic, Organic & Physical Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Nuclear Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry. Assessment of all units will be via project-based learning and written assignment work and students will be expected to complete extensive independent study.
This programme of study is likely to include enrichment units which are an additional component to enhance your employability. A minimum attendance of 80 % is expected on all aspects of the course. In addition to the higher education tuition fee, an additional fee of £50 is required to defray expenses associated with residential field trips.
Career Opportunities / Progression
This course is particularly suitable if you are interested in progressing to chemistry-related degree programmes at university, or wish to gain employment in science-based industries. The course also allows graduates to apply to become Associates of the Royal Society of Chemistry and/or Registered Science Technicians. With further experience, HND graduates can apply for Registered Scientist status. Please note that while HND graduates typically progress into the second year of degree programmes, some professional degree programmes (e.g. Pharmacy) require you to enter the first year.
Requirements are pre-defined by the
College’s admissions criteria which are outlined at the beginning of this
document. Applicants should possess a Level 3 qualification in a
chemistry-related subject and preferably have taken at least GCSE
Mathematics. Please note that the
minimum tariff accepted for this course in previous academic years was 64 UCAS
Course fees relate to year one of this two–year course.
All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.
Attendance at an information session is advised to enable candidates to make an informed decision regarding their application for this course.