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Applied Sciences NC (Level 6)


What is special about this course?

To provide students with a basic understanding of scientific principles and practice to proceed to a science-based course at Higher National or degree level. 

The course provides students with a National Certificate group award but is based on the Higher Still National Qualifications and the opportunity exists to sit Higher Chemistry, Higher Managing Environmental Resources and Higher Biology/Human Biology.

There are opportunities for students to study one or more Higher science subjects on an infil basis.

Entry requirements

4 Standard Grades (or equivalent) or 4 National courses:
2 at Credit level or 2 at National 5 level, 1 of which must be Chemistry
2 at General level or 2 at National 4 level 


satisfactory attainment of an SCQF Level 5 course in a related subject, which includes Chemistry.

Applications are encouraged from mature students who do not possess formal qualifications but have appropriate understanding and skills to meet the academic demands of the course.


Subject areas include:

  • Higher Chemistry
  • Higher Biology/Higher Human Biology
  • Higher Managing Environmental Resources
  • Maths for Science
  • English

study mode

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

The course contains a mix of practical work and theoretical study.  Many of the theoretical elements are delivered through the use of practical experiments. 

The Higher units are assessed using the NABs (National Assessment Bank material).  In other parts of the course we use a variety of methods to assess your progress and learning.  These range from short answer & multi choice questions, reports & projects, observations and items of extended writing and research.

It is possible to sit the Higher Science exams on this course.

Where can I study my course?

  • Moray College UHI

How long will my course last?


Full time - 1 year.
Part time - 2 years or more.

Start date



How much will my course cost?

Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.


What can I do on completion of my course?

Further study within UHI may include HNC Applied Sciences, BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, BSc (Hons) Archaeology and Environmental Studies, and BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development at Moray College UHI.  Entry may also be possible onto other UHI degrees including BSc Marine Science and BSc Health Studies

The qualification may act as a guaranteed entry into science faculties at some Scottish universities and to many English universities by negotiation.


Apply online for 2014/15 entry

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Moray College UHI. Moray College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

Important note: course structure context is indicative only and does not represent a definitive list, in name or in nature, of modules that will be studied in this course, and may vary depending on location of study. Course structure context is subject to change at any time, without prior notice.

Contact us

UHI information line
0845 272 3600