Physics first for North East Scotland College

North East Scotland College is delighted to reveal that, from August 2016, it is believed to be the first college in the country to offer physics as an option on its highly-regarded HNC Applied Sciences course. 

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The College has offered a hugely popular HNC in Applied Sciences with a chemistry/biology route for a number of years.  On receiving a number of enquiries from prospective students interested in a chemistry/physics option, the College has taken steps to make this available.  Both versions of the course include a substantial amount of advanced-level practical work and enable students to develop laboratory skills which are essential for progression to further study or employment. 

Dr Doug Fraser, Curriculum and Quality Manger for Science at North East Scotland College,  said, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to assist SQA in making this option available to those interested in physics and we hope to attract students from across Scotland to this varied and interesting course.  Both options are ideal for those who wish to move straight into employment or those who want to progress to further study at college or university.  We have partnerships with a number of universities across Scotland where students who achieve an HNC/D in Applied Sciences at NESCol can enter second/third year of a related degree programme.  The new chemistry/physics option is set to make an even wider range of opportunities available in the future.”

As part of ongoing investment in its Fraserburgh Campus, North East Scotland College is installing state-of-the-art science teaching facilities.  This will enable the College to offer full-time science courses at the Campus for the first time. 

Initially NC Level 5 Applied Sciences, suitable for anyone with an interest in the subject who would like to broaden their skills and understanding, will be offered at the Campus from August 2016 and it is hoped this will lead to more advanced courses being available in future years.  The Level 5 course involves a large amount of stimulating practical activities, experiments and laboratory work and will cover a broad range of topics including chemistry, physics, biology and microbiology.