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Chemical Science for Industry

Course Code: UF9007, UX9007

Level: 4
Subject area: Science
Awarding body: Pearson
Qualification: Higher National Certificate
Course type: Full-time, Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year (full-time), three years (part-time)
When you'll study: Tuesdays, 9.00am - 5.00pm (part-time)

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About the course

This HNC in Chemical Science for Industry will give you knowledge and understanding of chemical processes, with an emphasis on chemistry in industry. It has a high practical content to improve confidence and ability in practical laboratory skills, including developing skills in organic synthesis, purification and analysis. With the wide range of analytical instrumentation available you will also become confident using instruments such as IR spectrometers, mass spectrometers, NMR spectrometers and flame photometers, developing the skills required for a modern analytical laboratory.

This course is designed to provide an introduction to higher level Chemistry structured in a way to make it relevant to current industrial and commercial chemistry. The level of study sits between A Level and undergraduate level, building a framework of knowledge that will allow academic progression. It will also provide the sort of chemical knowledge and laboratory skills directly applicable to an industrial setting.

If you are currently working in a related industry or are simply looking for a part-time route on level 4 and 5 qualifications in your own local area, then this course is for you!

What you'll learn

The academic year is broken down into two semesters. Each semester will contain four units.


Organic Chemistry
Develops the principles and practical techniques of organic chemistry. Rationalisation of structure and bonding is used to aid understanding of reaction mechanisms and functional group conversions.

Inorganic Chemistry
Covers the foundations of inorganic chemistry relating to structure and bonding, together with the chemistry of important elements and compounds and a review of some major industrial applications.

Physical Chemistry
Gives you an understanding of concepts and practical techniques in physical chemistry. These include thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, conductivity, electrochemical cells and electrolysis.

Employability Skills
Provides you with the opportunity to acquire honed employability skills required for effective employment.


Chemical Laboratory Techniques
Gives you the opportunity to practise and become proficient in a range of practical skills and data analysis commonly used in analytical and preparative chemistry.

Analysis of Scientific Data and Information
Develops skills in mathematical and statistical techniques used in the analysis of scientific data, together with an understanding of the limitations in reporting results.

Work-based investigation
Enables you to gain credit for work-based practical investigations either as an individual or as part of a team. You will plan, undertake, monitor progress and communicate the outcomes of a work-based topic.

Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways
Enables you to develop practical skills and examine the chemical characteristics of amino acids, monosaccharides, nucleotides and fatty acids. These are used to develop an understanding of the structure and function of related biological macromolecules.

Entry requirements

You will need to have:

  • GCSE grades A-C (4-9) in maths, English and science
  • two A Levels in Science at grades A*-E or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Sciences, or a Level 3 Access to Higher Education in Science or other related level 3 qualifications.

In addition to the academic entry requirements you must also be able to provide related work experience during the course. Without this you will not be able to achieve the qualification. The work related experience can be paid or voluntary and can be in the form of one week’s work experience for each work-based unit undertaken, one day per week throughout the course or employment in a laboratory setting.

Other professional qualifications
Upon interview we would consider appropriate professional qualifications along with work related experience as long as core GCSEs had been achieved. This course is designed to provide a possible route into higher education whilst providing a recognised qualification in its own right.


This is not an exam based course. It is based on assignments and practical assessments for each unit, spread throughout the academic year.

What's next?

After the successful completion of the HNC in Chemical Science for Industry you will be able to progress on to further study and training at either HND or BSc level in chemical sciences or related subjects. When combined with the HND many universities will offer direct access onto the second year of related undergraduate programmes.

The course will also support career progression for those who are already working in related industries or provide a good basis to lead on to careers in a wide range of chemical industries, including analytical chemistry, organic and polymer chemistry, environmental chemistry, chemical manufacturing and research.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.


Course Code: UF9007

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £4150

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 17 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
18 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.