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Applied Science Higher National Certificate

If you have a passion for science but are not sure what area you want to work in then the Higher National Certificate (HNC) Applied Science course will prepare you for a wide range of careers.

It covers topics across biology, chemistry and physics and will allow you to acquire a high level of practical laboratory skills. You will build on your previous studies of science by widening your knowledge of scientific investigation and practical techniques and you will develop the numeracy skills required in a scientific setting.

BMet is the regional STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Centre for the West Midlands. This means we host and participate in many events that promote the study of these subjects at GCSE level and beyond.
Laboratories for the teaching of biology, chemistry and physics are available at Sutton Coldfield College, along with onsite libraries full of information resources.

– Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
– Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques
– Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences.

The HNC course is a Level 4 qualification made up of 120 credits studied full-time over one year. It allows you to develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the sciences sector through eight modules.
We offer smaller class sizes enabling supportive quality teaching and allows both one to one tuition and group work. This course has a competitive fee structure with flexible entry requirements based on your experience.

The 1 year tuition fee for academic year 2022-23 is £6,500. Please be aware that we intend to increase tuition fees in subsequent years using the Retail Price Index (RPI-X).

Course Info

Level 4 - Higher
Subject Area
Science & Medical
Course Type
Higher Education Full-Time
Sutton Coldfield College
Course Length
30 weeks

Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: You will need UCAS Tariff Points: 32 points. The tariff points can be made up of: A Levels (GCE and VCE): 1 A Level at Grade C, BTEC Extended Diploma: Grade PPP, BTEC Diploma: Grade PP, Access to HE: Grade P45. All Level 3 qualifications should be in a science related subject. Minimum number of GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above: 2 which must include: GCSE English: Grade C/4 GCSE Maths: Grade C/4. Are Level 2 equivalents accepted? Yes, all students will be required to sit an English diagnostic assessment equivalent to Level 2. This is to establish if students require support and is used as a supportive tool only. Students whose first language is not English must have a minimum standard of English at IELTS Level 5.5 with no element below 5.0. NON-ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: We encourage applications from students who do not meet the entry requirements outlined but can demonstrate ability through work experience, professional qualifications from their work sector, portfolio of evidence or successful interview.

Delivery and Assessment

The course is assessed using a combination of internally assessed centre-devised internal assignments and mandatory Pearson-set assignments (which are set by Pearson and marked by centres).


Our graduates have a huge range of career options available to them, ranging from working in the fields of astronomy, biology, meteorology, ecology and research. You could also venture into medical-related careers in forensic medicine, biomedical, clinical biochemistry, radiology, microbiology or paramedic services.