Applied Science (Chemistry/Physics Route) SCQF Level 8

This wide-ranging, advanced level course covers key theoretical and practical aspects of chemistry and physics.


Why take this course?

Applied sciences are used in almost all industries, from medical sciences and pharmaceuticals to food and drink, energy, electronics, telecommunications and information technology. This wide–ranging, advanced level course covers theoretical and practical aspects of physics and chemistry. A large amount of hands–on training is involved, giving you a chance to put theory into practice and develop valuable skills in experimentation, analytical testing and modern instrumentation.

What you will experience

This course will strengthen your existing knowledge through in–depth study of a variety of key scientific areas centred on organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry and areas of physics including mechanics, light and optics, electronics, quantum physics and dynamic phenomena. You will also receive extensive training in computer coding which is an essential tool of modern physics research. On this programme you will undertake a major laboratory–based project in chemistry or physics which will provide the opportunity to further enhance practical skills and innovation, project management and presentation.

student working in a science lab

Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study
2 Years
Subject area
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Entry requirements

Applicants should have Higher qualifications in Chemistry and Physics, or a Higher in one of these subjects and a National 5 (at a minimum of grade B) or equivalent in the other. Maths at National 5 (Grade C) or equivalent is also required.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course.

Alternatively, applicants should have successfully completed the NC Applied Sciences SCQF Level 6 course at Grade B or above.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

You could progress to university where you could enter year 2 or year 3 of a related degree programme.


Employment opportunities are typically at technician or researcher level in science–related industries. Examples of employers include Balmoral Group, Champion Technologies, Intertek, SGS, Core Labs (within oil and gas), hospital labs, LEA school technicians.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.


Places are still available on this course, commencing in August 2019. Please see below for your options.

Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
2 Years
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Online applications

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.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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