HNC Applied Science (Chemistry)

London South Bank Technical College

Mode: Full-time

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Overview

Is this the course for you?

Chemistry is all around you, from the fibres that wick away moisture in your clothing to the purified water in your bottle, chemistry can be found in nearly every part of our modern life. It is fundamental to understanding the natural world and brings together the other science disciplines. Chemistry is an exciting and rewarding career path to go down, with many different routes and areas of specialisation. Highly skilled, well-trained, and qualified Chemists and Technicians are constantly sought-after by employers around the globe.

This one-year Level 4 qualification in Chemistry is an advanced, technical qualification co-developed with London South Bank University (LSBU), Pearson and employers, delivered in a supportive Technical College environment with contemporary facilities.

Gaining this industry-led qualification not only provides you with a direct route to Higher Education, including direct entry to selected second year Chemistry and other Bachelor of Science degrees at London South Bank University (LSBU), but also equips you with the specialised scientific knowledge and skills needed to fast-track your career progression in chemistry and related disciplines.

Please note: this course is subject to final awarding body approval and validation. Please apply as normal. For more information contact the college.

What makes LSBTC so unique?

Based at our revolutionary brand-new London South Bank Technical College (LSBTC) in Nine Elms in London’s buzzing Zone 1, a stimulating vocational and technical curriculum will be delivered in state of the art facilities and learning spaces.

Bringing together students, apprentices, employers, industry experts and teachers, this new technical college offers work-based education for students, designed in partnership with businesses across London. You will be taught in a realistic work environment with access to industry-driven laboratories and digital learning spaces. It is hands-on learning, where other students become your co-workers on team-based projects.

In state of art laboratories, you will get to perform experiments with real-world applications, using industry-standard equipment, and be taught how to scientifically analyse your results. By the end of the course, you will be equipped with the analytical skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress your career or study in chemistry and other scientific disciplines.

Visits to local projects and workplaces are integrated within the course, and students will be able to access some of London South Bank University’s facilities and benefit from studying in small groups in a supportive college environment.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Lambeth College
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Lambeth College

Modules

    You will study three core units:

  1. Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
  2. Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques
  3. Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences
  4. And three specialised mandatory units:

  5. Inorganic Chemistry
  6. Organic Chemistry
  7. Physical Chemistry
  8. You will also study two further specialist units as follows

  9. Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  10. Analytical Chemistry

      Employability

      Where can this course take you?

      This course could lead to direct employment in a variety of science-related industries and roles (influenced by your selected pathway), including Laboratory Technician, Research Technician, Technical Support Chemist / Biologist, Quality Support Technician, Manufacturing Technician, Science Technician, Technologist, Instrumentation Technician and Product Development Technician.

      After successfully passing the Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Applied Sciences, you may wish to consider progressing a Higher National Diploma in Applied Chemistry or alternative courses at university. You may also consider one of London South Bank University’s degree courses (additional qualifications may be required).

      What experience and skills will you gain?

      It will offer you a broad introduction to the chemistry and professional laboratory science via mandatory units, while allowing you to develop specialist skills and experience through specialist forensic science modules. You will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in evidence-based practice, personal research, self-study, directed study and workplace learning and experience.

      Teaching and learning

      How will you be assessed?

      Assessment is continuous throughout the course, with a combination of written assignments, external examination, practical tasks (both in the laboratory and in the field), presentations, time constraint assignments.

      The assessment is criterion-referenced, and all units will be individually graded as ‘pass,’ ‘merit’ or ‘distinction.’

      Both oral and written feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

      Entry requirements

      What do you need to apply?

      1. 5 GCSE qualifications at grade A*-C or 9-4 (to include Maths and English)

        and

      2. 2 A-Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant science subject

        or

        Relevant Level 3 vocational qualification in a science-based discipline:

        • Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science (MP) or Level 3 BTEC Diploma (120) in Applied Science (MP)
        • an Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
        • or an international equivalent of the above (NARIC confirmation).

        and

      3. related work experience

      If English is your second language and you have not undertaken your final two years of schooling in English, you must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.

      Course status

      • Accreditation and Course validation status

        This course is validated by London South Bank University. Applications are being accepted.

      How to apply

      Home/EU applicants

      Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
      Mode
      Full-time
      Duration
      1 year
      Start date
      September
      Application code
      5829
      Application method
      Mode
      Part-time
      Duration
      2 years
      Start date
      September
      Application code
      5830
      Application method

      Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

      Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

      International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

      See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 516 KB).

      Considering your application

      Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

      There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

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      Fees and funding

      Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

      Full-time

      Part-time

      HNC Applied Science (Chemistry) (Lambeth) (FT) - Year 1 FT External SEPT (Lambeth)

      The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
      UK fee: £7500International fee: £0
      AOS/LSBU code: 5829Session code: 1FX00

      HNC Applied Science (Chemistry) (Lambeth) (PT) - Year 1 PT External SEPT (Lambeth)

      The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
      UK fee: £3750International fee: £0
      AOS/LSBU code: 5830Session code: 1PX00
      Total course fee:
      UK £7500
      International £0

      The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

      See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 226 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

      We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.

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