The Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Applied Sciences is designed to address an increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways, providing students with a stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable. This qualification will provide you with the essential subject knowledge needed to progress successfully into further study or into the world of work. 

What the course leads to

What courses can I do after this? 

The Pearson BTEC Higher National qualification in Applied Sciences is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning and who wish to pursue or advance their career in Applied Sciences or related fields. 

The course provides opportunities for students to enter or progress in employment in the Applied Sciences, or progress to year 2 in higher education qualifications such as an Honours degree in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Forensic Science, Food Technology, Polymers or a related area. 

 

What jobs can I get? 

After completing a Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate you can also progress directly into employment. A range of careers is available as Laboratory Technician, Research Technician, Technical Support Chemist / Biologist, Quality Support Technician, Manufacturing Technician, Science Technician, Technologist, Instrumentation Technician and Product Development Technician. The qualification is also designed for job roles in a range of supervisory or lower management roles in Applied Sciences. 

 

What do I need to apply

To do this course you should have... 

BTEC Applied in a Science related subject minimum MMP (equivalent to 64 UCAS points) or 2 A-levels (D or above) in a Science related subject – every application is considered on an individual basis.

Applicants should also have five GCSE grades 9-4 (A*-C) or equivalent including Science, English and Maths.

We will also consider applicants who have passed a Kitemarked Access to Higher Education course (equivalent to 80 UCAS points).

If you do not have the standard entry requirements but have relevant work experience or an alternative qualification you may still be eligible for the course.

You may be required to attend for an interview or assessment.

What about work experience? 

Course costs

Course CodeUCAS Code Start Date Costs
BP10040A2SC 04/09/2024 £6750.00

* Please note fees are subject to change.

Costs 

The majority of students will be able to access a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England to pay their HE Course Fee.

Self-funding students may pay in 3 instalments in September (25%), January (25%) and April (50%).

Course content

Course Content 

You will undertake a core of learning in Applied Science: 

Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques  

Scientific data handling approaches and techniques 

Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences 

Managing Scientific Projects


 

As well as the opportunity to complete units to specialise in your desired Science related pathway - Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, or Food Science, Technology & Nutrition 

More info

Start Day/Time 

September 2024

3 Days per week

Attendance 

Full-time

UCAS Code 

A2SC

Campus Code 

P

Qualification Name 

HNC

Institution 

Bournemouth & Poole College

Awarding Body 

Pearson

Curriculum Area 

Science, Care, Health and Foundation - Science, Health and Humanities

Academic Year 

2024/25

Attendance 

Full-time

UCAS Code 

A2SC

Campus Code 

P

Qualification Name 

HNC

Institution 

Bournemouth & Poole College

Awarding Body 

Pearson

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