Applied Sciences

UHI Moray


Main campus


The HNC Applied Sciences is a wide-ranging course, covering the theoretical and practical aspects of modern sciences. You will study ecology, environmental issues, and the core sciences; develop your laboratory skills; and improve your research and writing skills.

You will learn a broad range of sciences, such as Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Environmental disciplines. Developing scientific theoretical knowledge and scientific communication and presentations skills. The Graded Unit gives you the opportunity to conduct specialised research in a topic that will hone your scientific knowledge in your chosen field for progression.

The course includes a large amount of training in essential practical skills within the laboratory that are relevant to local and national employers. You will acquire knowledge of Health and Safety Systems and Good Laboratory Practice, developing skills of experimentation, analysis and reporting in practical sessions, skills that are highly transferable to employment and further study. Be prepared to spend plenty of hands on time in the lab, conducting experiments and processing your results in the Laboratory Skills unit.

Entry Requirements

1 Higher in a science subject, Biology, Chemistry or Physics preferred, plus National 5 Biology, Chemistry or Physics; or Foundation Apprenticeship Food and Drink Technologies or Scientific Technologies (Laboratory Skills) plus Biology or Chemistry at National 5; or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. You may be required to attend for interview.

Progression Routes

HND or degree level study

Start Date




Study Method

Full time



Course Length

1 year


Science and Environment

SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General