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HNC Applied Science with Glasgow University

  • Campuses

    • Greenock
  • Course type

    Full time

  • Level

    SCQF 7

  • Campuses

    • Greenock
  • Course type

    Full time

  • Level

    SCQF 7


Why study at West?

With all three campuses situated on main transport hubs, all within 30 minutes of Glasgow City Centre, West College Scotland is an obvious choice. Our wide range of courses provide an exciting opportunity to study Science in our friendly, supportive surroundings.

With a long-established reputation for excellence in this area, you’ll join our award-winning team of students and highly experienced staff, learning in sector-leading laboratories. We’ll also offer advice and assist you in making decisions on your future progression routes

What will I learn?

This course has been designed in agreement with The University of Glasgow, to allow successful students to progress to the second year of various Life Sciences degree programmes at the University. You'll learn about:

  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • Cell biology
  • Biochemistry
  • DNA and genetics
  • The human body
  • Statistics
  • Maths

As part of the course, you will also be enrolled as a University of Glasgow student, attending sessions run at the University of Glasgow campus throughout the HNC year.

What qualifications do I need?

This is a Widening Participation programme. To be eligible applicants must not previously have completed an undergraduate degree, and must meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be Scottish domiciled, residing within a target postcode area (SIMD, deciles 1-4)
  • Be care-experienced
  • Be estranged and living without family support
  • Have caring responsibilities

You can use the University of Glasgow postcode checker to check whether your postcode meets the criteria: Postcode Checker

For any further questions regarding eligibility, please contact the University of Glasgow’s Articulation Development officer, Dan Keenan, directly: Dan Keenan

In addition, applicants must meet the academic entry requirements for the HNC Applied Science. For this you’ll need two Highers at grade C or above, from Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Maths OR an NC in Applied Science (SCQF level 6) with academic reference/profile, or Access to Science Qualification with academic reference/profile. Due to the maths content of this course those without Higher Maths must be able to evidence their ability in this area. This could be through various means eg Nat 5 Maths at Grade A or through other relevant units

You’ll be asked to attend an interview for a place on this course.

What can I do after?

This course guarantees successful students direct entry into Year 2 of various degrees within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow: School of Life Sciences



Programme Information

Start: August

End: June

Duration: 1 year

Study options

Campus Mode Level
Greenock Full time SCQF 7

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