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Higher National Diploma in Applied Chemistry

Level 5

240 Credits


Notes: Can be taken as a solo course or, for employed individuals, as part of a Government Funded Apprenticeship

Duration: 36 Months

Delivery: Remote

Style: Part Time

Apprenticeship Compatible: Yes


£ 15,000 per person

*Free when included in full Apprenticeship
*Discounts may apply, contact us


This qualification will provide you with the essential subject knowledge needed to progress successfully into further study or into the world of work and is ran over a duration of 36 months via online delivered sessions.  .  You will undertake a core of learning in Applied Science as well as the opportunity to specialise in your desired Science related pathway.

The HND in Applied Chemistry covers the fundamental elements of organic, inorganic, physical, analytical Chemistry as well as spectroscopy and is the first step towards obtaining a higher level qualification in Science.



You are required to have a minimum of 2 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above in English and Maths. We will accept Level 2 equivalences for English and Maths in place of GCSEs.


Completion of the HNC in Applied Chemistry.


Completion of the L3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship or L3 Science Qualification

Full Description

A Higher National Diploma (HND) in Applied Science in the UK is a vocational qualification designed to provide students with practical skills and knowledge in the field of applied science. The specific content of the program may vary depending on the institution offering it, but here are some common topics and subjects you can expect to encounter in an HND in Applied Science:

1. Core Scientific Principles: You’ll study fundamental principles in subjects like biology, chemistry, and physics. This includes topics such as atomic structure, chemical reactions, cellular biology, and physical laws.

2. Laboratory Techniques: Practical skills are a crucial part of an HND in Applied Science. You’ll learn various laboratory techniques, including how to use scientific equipment, conduct experiments, and analyze data.

3. Applied Mathematics: You may cover mathematics relevant to science and engineering applications, such as statistics, calculus, and algebra.

4. Environmental Science: Some HND programs include modules on environmental science, which can cover topics like ecology, conservation, and environmental monitoring.

5. Analytical Chemistry: This area may cover techniques for chemical analysis, including spectroscopy, chromatography, and titration.

6. Biochemistry: If your program focuses on life sciences, you might study topics like enzymology, genetics, and molecular biology.

7. Microbiology: Microbiology modules may delve into the study of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

8. Health and Safety: As safety is paramount in scientific laboratories, you’ll learn about health and safety regulations and best practices.

9. Scientific Investigation and Research: You’ll gain experience in designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions.

10. Quality Assurance and Control: Understanding quality control and assurance principles is important in scientific and industrial settings.

11. Professional Development: Some HND programs may include modules on personal and professional development to enhance your employability skills.

12. Communication Skills: Effective communication is essential in the scientific field. You may develop written and oral communication skills.

The HND in Applied Science is typically a two-year full time program but is offered as a three year part time course by The S&A Science Academy. It is considered a Level 5 qualification within the UK’s Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). It provides a practical and hands-on approach to learning, making it suitable for those looking to enter careers in areas such as laboratory technology, research and development, quality control, and related scientific and technical roles. Additionally, successful completion of an HND can often lead to further educational opportunities, including the option to top up to a full bachelor’s degree.

In Employment?

Interested in getting a formal qualification to help your career prospects?

You may be eligible to join a UK Government Funded Apprenticeship Programme.