Nottingham College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

Applied Sciences

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Course summary

The Higher National Diploma in Applied Sciences is a wide-ranging course providing a strong base for progression to further scientific study. You will study a range of topics including biology, chemistry, medical physics and microbiology. Throughout the course, you will acquire a range of practical skills and experience in science disciplines to prepare you for employment or further study. About the course This programme is a full Level 5 qualification, designed to provide the skills and knowledge for successful employment in science-based industries, further progression in higher education or training for scientists currently employed who wish to upskill. Transferable skills will include: critical and evaluative thinking, independent research and statistics. Modules may include: • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques • Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques • Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences • Biology • Microbiology • Chemistry • Mathematics and statistics • Medical Physics Assessment Assessment is continuous, providing a range of evidence of your learning. This may include: individual and group assignments, practical demonstrations and investigations, research and analytical projects, written essays and reports and presentations. Some modules include assessment by examination to help prepare you for further study. Qualification awarded Higher National Diploma in Applied Sciences Your career and progression After successfully completing the HND, you could continue in education by progressing to a variety of Science related BSc. (Hons) Science top-up degrees or equivalent courses. Some students progress straight to employment. The HND opens up a wide range of possible careers in the Applied Sciences, including Laboratory Technician, Research Technician, Chemist, Biologist, Biomedical Scientist, Radiographer, and Product Development Technician.

Course details

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






Northern Ireland

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeASC2
Institution code N30
Campus nameCity Hub
Campus codeA

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Applicants from outside the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) are advised to contact our International Office for advice and information before submitting their UCAS application. Please call +44 (0) 115 838 0527 or email: [email protected]

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 points Applicants should possess (or expect to achieve) a full Level 3 science qualification or two A-level passes in the sciences - preferably Biology and Chemistry. GCSE English Language and Maths passes at grade C/4 or above are required. Mature students will be considered and a variety of other life experiences can be taken into account.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5An overall band score of 5.5; with no individual component less than 5.0.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8250 Year 1
England £8250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8250 Year 1
Scotland £8250 Year 1
Wales £8250 Year 1
Channel Islands £8250 Year 1
International £9500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

International fees for 2020-21 have not yet been confirmed. The sum quoted of £9,500 is intended to be indicative only. Please check on the College website or contact our International Office for further information.
Applied Sciences at Nottingham College - UCAS