NC (SCQF Level 6)
26 Aug 2024
- Aberdeen City Campus
Why take this course?
As well as providing a sound theoretical understanding of science to allow future study at HNC/D or university, this course will also involve a great deal of practical work which will be of direct relevance to local interests, industries or topical issues. This will ensure you acquire a broad base of laboratory knowledge and expertise, of great value in the job market. Examples of practical activities might include testing of aerodynamic design and efficiency by use of a wind tunnel, synthesis and testing of biodiesels and the study of how enzymes work in our bodies.
What you will experience
- Laboratory investigations
- Science and technology
- The opportunity to specialise in either physical science subjects (chemistry and physics) or in life sciences subjects (chemistry and biology)
Everything you need to know before applying to this course.
- National 5 grade B, or equivalent in a minimum of two Science disciplines and Maths. Applications of Maths at National 5 may be considered where there is evidence of strong qualifications in science subjects.
- Where an applicant only has prior qualifications in one science subject, this may still allow entry providing there is evidence of strong qualifications in other subjects.
- Alternatively, applicants could progress to this course following completion of our NC Applied Sciences SCQF Level 5 course.
What you will get
NC Applied Science
How do I pay for this course?
If you are studying a full-time non-advanced course (below HNC level), you may be entitled to funding.
How to apply to NESCol
You can apply for a full-time course online or using a paper form.
Open Days are a great way to find out more about this course and what it’s like to study at NESCol. You will see facilities, meet lecturers and get a feel for life as a student.
Our next Open Day at our Aberdeen Altens, Aberdeen City and Fraserburgh Campuses will take place in the Spring of 2024.
Do you need extra support?
NESCol can provide extra support to students who have additional support needs, including:
- learning difficulties or disabilities
- physical or sensory disabilities
- mental health and wellbeing concerns
- are care experienced or young carers
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
This course is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme. This means that you are required to have access to your own laptop computer, netbook or similar device in class each day that you are in college.
This may be funded or part-funded by a bursary, if you are eligible to receive one.
Whether you wish to progress in your studies or enter the world of work, North East Scotland College has excellent progression opportunities, with links to eight universities across Scotland and great relationships with industry employers.
Education at NESCol
On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following courses at North East Scotland College:
If you choose to complete a HNC or HND course after completing your NC, you may want to then consider moving on to degree level study. Depending on the university, you could enter in to year 2 or year 3 of a related course at several Scottish universities.
There are no formal agreements in place for university progression directly from this course, however many students have progressed from SCQF Level 6 in the past. Any applicants are advised to contact university directly with regards to this.
Employment opportunities following this level of study may include roles as a temporary technician, with the possibility to move on to become an apprentice technician.
Highers, National Qualifications & Units
“I now have qualifications and I’ve found a rewarding career that I love. I’d recommend the Highers course at NESCol to anyone who wants options for entry to a wide range of university degrees. “
HND Applied Science
“Studying has been such a positive experience for me, challenging myself to learn new things when physically I’ve been limited has undoubtedly been rewarding for my mental wellbeing. I’m looking forward to learning more, achieving my degree and perhaps using it to go into teaching.”
HND Applied Science
“I’m really glad I did the 2 + 2 Degree link with NESCol as I found myself well prepared with my lab techniques. Last year we had a practical research methods module and I found that a lot of the skills I learnt during my time at College were applicable and really helped me. I achieved an A grade for the unit and I attribute that to my time at NESCol. “
HND Applied Sciences
“The lecturers have been great – they are really approachable if you’re stuck with anything or want to ask questions. They have a wide range of industry experience and are very willing to share this with their students.”
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You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the ‘Apply Online’ button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.
Aberdeen City Campus
Starts 26 Aug 2024
Course Code QCOS
Completed forms should be signed and returned to us at the following freepost address:
The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus
UK AB25 1BN
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