HND Applied Chemistry

The HND in Applied Chemistry at SCQF level 8 is a specialist qualification which allows candidates to gain advanced knowledge in the science-based industries, such as oil and gas, life sciences and the food industry. This qualification has been developed in association with employers in the science industry, as well as staff across the college and university sectors.

Achievement of the qualification will enhance candidates’ employment prospects in roles such as senior technician, junior laboratory manager or production process controller in a science-based industry.

This qualification is available through colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

The HND in Applied Chemistry will provide candidates with the skills and knowledge required for the science industry. Successful completion of the HND will lead to opportunities in higher education, in particular entry to second year of a BSc Chemistry course.

Who does this qualification suit

The HND in Applied Chemistry is designed for those who wish to have a career in the science-based industries. The skills developed will allow successful candidates to pursue careers in a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, life sciences and the food industry. The specific groups who may take up the qualification include:

  • students articulating from the suite of National Certificate programmes
  • students articulating from Access courses
  • school leavers with a minimum of one science Higher at C grade
  • students who may have partially completed one or two years of a degree programme


Entry is at the discretion of the centre. It is intended that admission to this HND should be as broadly based as possible, but that this should be consistent with the selection of candidates who have a reasonable chance of successfully completing the qualification.


Candidates who successfully complete the HND in Applied Chemistry can progress to second or third year of appropriate degree courses such as BSc Chemistry.


Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements as outlined in the guide to approval.

How to assess

The HN Unit specification places emphasis on reducing assessment load for candidates and centres by devising assessments which assess the entire theory content of the Unit where appropriate, and by sampling of knowledge and/or skills carried out under closed-book conditions on a random basis to ensure the candidates do not have prior knowledge of the sample.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Group Award Specification

Title: HND Applied Chemistry
Code: G87H 16
Date: Version 03 (April 2015)
Download: HND Applied Chemistry Arrangements Document (339 KB)

Unit(s) and delivery tools

Group Award code: G87H 16 (240 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 8


The HND in Applied Chemistry comprises 14 mandatory Units and a range of optional Units.

Mandatory Units

Presentation Skills in Science DG70 34
Statistics for Science 1 DN8C 34
Information Technology Applications Software 1 D75X 34
Fundamental Chemistry: Theory and Practice DH2K 34
Quality and Health and Safety Systems in Science Industries DF82 34
Fundamental concepts of Inorganic Chemistry DP2N 34
Fundamental concepts of Organic Chemistry DP2P 34
Fundamental concepts of Physical Chemistry DP2R 34
Mathematics for Science DN8D 33
Physics 1 DN33 33
Applied Sciences: Graded Unit 1 Investigation DJ89 34
Instrumental Techniques: Theory and Practice 1 DH54 35
Instrumental Techniques: Theory and Practice 2 DH2N 35
Applied Chemistry: Graded Unit 2 Project DX2J

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Any other information

The HND in Applied Chemistry is designed to prepare learners for a range of positions in a broad spectrum of science industries. The practical nature of the course, with the emphasis on what it is like to work in industry, will give learners the opportunity to seek employment as a technician in the oil and gas, life science, food industries, etc.

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