HNC Applied Sciences (Schools)

***PLEASE NOTE - only pupils who will be at school during session 2024/25 can apply for this course***

The HNC Applied Biological Sciences is a general science qualification intended for those wishing to find employment in the science industries or to progress to further study at HND level. It is a broad course providing students with knowledge and skills related to biological, chemical and physical sciences. Students will also develop a wide range of practical laboratory skills in addition to gaining an understanding of good laboratory practice.

The deadline for applications is Friday 19 April 2024 but early applications are encouraged.

  • Lab Skills for Science Industries
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • DNA and Genetics
  • Graded Unit

Research Scientist
Scientific Technologist
Biomedical Scientist
Protein Scientist
Molecular Biologist
Chemical Engineer
Process Engineer Analytical
Industrial Laboratory Technician

HND Applied Sciences
HND Applied Biological Sciences
HND Applied Chemical Sciences

On successful completion of this course students may progress onto a related degree programme.

Forth Valley College has formal articulation links in place for entry into year 2 of the following degree programmes:

 BSc Biochemistry (C700) - University of Aberdeen
 BSc Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Biology) (J7DD) - University of Aberdeen
 BSc Chemistry (F100) - University of Aberdeen
 BSc Genetics (C400) - University of Aberdeen
 BSc Genetics (Immunology)(C450) - University of Aberdeen
 BSc Human Embryology & Developmental Biology (CC71) - University of Aberdeen
 BSc Immunology (C552) - University of Aberdeen
 BSc Immunology and Pharmacology (BC25) - University of Aberdeen
 BSc Microbiology (C500) - University of Aberdeen
 BSc Molecular Biology (CC74) - University of Aberdeen
 BSc Pharmacology (B210) - University of Aberdeen
 BSc Physiology (B120) - University of Aberdeen
 BSc Sport and Exercise Science (C600) - University of Aberdeen
 BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science - Robert Gordon University
 BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science - Glasgow Caledonian
 BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences - Glasgow Caledonian
 BSc (Hons) Food Science - Glasgow Caledonian
 BSc (Hons) Pharmacology - Glasgow Caledonian
 BSc (Hons) Nutrition - Queen Margaret University

One of the following:

- NC Applied Science
- Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies and a further Higher at grade C or above
- An appropriate group of National Qualification units
- A minimum of two Highers at grade C or above (to include Biology or Chemistry) 

Additional Requirements:

Preference will be given to applicants with a strong science background

Further advice for School College Programme and Foundation Apprenticeship applicants:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• If your course requires a PVG, you will be advised of this at time of selection.
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited to an information session or interview
• If your application is unsuccessful, you should speak to a guidance teacher or SDS school liaison officer.
• If you are unable to attend the information session or wish to withdraw your application, please email the School Partnership team -


Falkirk Campus

Start date

11 June 2024

SCQF Level

Level 7