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Higher National Certificate - Applied Chemistry



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2 days per week (12 hours)



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What does this course involve?

Consider the wide variety of sectors that are chemistry based including analytical chemistry, chemical plant operation, environmental monitoring, the food industry, health and safety, materials testing, pharmaceuticals, science education, medical science diagnostics, scientific research as well as quality control and you will quickly see the importance of Chemistry.

If you are interested in developing a career in the industry, then this course is a fantastic opportunity to gain the skills you need to progress to a professional level. We offer a two year HND programme, with the opportunity to leave after one year with an HNC qualification.

You will study in our industry standard EKC Laboratories, alongside world leading companies at Discovery Park in Sandwich, a major European Science hub. Not only will you learn the relevant theory but there is a significant emphasis on practical laboratory work, with a key focus to show how the theory is applied in real industry based applications on site. These skills will allow you attain a professional work ethic and make you well equipped for the workplace or for further study on BSc programmes.

The HNC is a fulltime course delivered over one year. It is 2 days per week full time over a 30-week period. Access to course materials and work is provided on the college VLE.

Modules include:

• Inorganic Chemistry

• Organic Chemistry

• Physical Chemistry

• Chemical Laboratory Techniques

• Analysis of Scientific Data and Information

• Laboratory Management

• Industrial Chemistry

• Employability Skills


What qualifications do I need?

An offer of a place on the Higher National Certificate is offered in terms of grades up to a certain number of UCAS tariff points. For example, a typical offer for entry to an HNC is 48 UCAS tariff points and you should possess or be working towards GCSE grades C and above in English and maths.

Entry to year two of the HND is via achievement of a Pass on the HNC. All applicants will be interviewed.


You will be required to complete assignments, projects/investigations (lab based), course work, examinations and presentations.

Fees & Costs

There is a standard course fee of £6,000 per year for UK students. For more information about financing your course visit, and for a range of helpful tools and guidance visit

All prices quoted are given as a guide, and may be subject to change. Eligible students may be able to get help with course related costs such a travel, equipment and childcare.

For more information please contact Support Services:

Broadstairs- 01843 605062 (or e-mail )


On successful completion of the HNC students can progress to the HND in Applied Chemistry or relevant programmes at other universities (subject to relevant modules studied). Graduates of the programme will have opportunities in manufacturing, research and development in a wide range of chemical industries e.g. pharmaceutical, forensic, environmental etc.

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  • Institution Code Name: CANT
  • Institution Code: C12
  • Campus Code: P (Discovery Park)
  • Course Code: F110

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