HNC/HND Chemical Process Technology

HNC/HND Chemical Process Technology

The HNC and HND Chemical Process Technology give learners knowledge in subject areas related to chemistry and chemical process technology, providing the building blocks for a career in chemical process technology.

Areas covered include organic chemistry, physical chemistry, chemical engineering principles, and physics. Learners have the opportunity to develop practical skills in a laboratory environment, and to complete units that reflect specialisms in the chemical process industry.

This qualification is available through colleges. Typically, an HNC takes one year to complete and an HND takes two years.

Why deliver this qualification

Higher National qualifications have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.

The unit-based structure supports flexibility. A unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

There is a wide choice of optional Units which will enable centres to offer courses tailored to meet local needs.

This HNC/HND provides progression routes to further study (see Progression). 

Who does this qualification suit

The HNC/HND Chemical Process Technology is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects 

Access

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • a minimum of two Highers from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics at grade C or above, with appropriate supporting passes at National 5 level (or equivalent SCQF level 5) in appropriate science subjects and Mathematics
  • NC Applied Sciences level 6
  • qualifications in appropriate science, chemical process technology and mathematics programmes, such as access programmes - learners should have gained some units at higher level in appropriate science, chemical process technology and mathematics programmes
  • Suitable work experience gained in a chemical process setting 

Candidate Information

HNC Chemical Process Technology

The HNC Chemical Process Technology will give you knowledge in subject areas related to chemistry and chemical process technology, providing the basic building blocks for a career in Chemical Process Technology. Areas covered include Organic Chemistry; Physical Chemistry; Chemical Engineering Principles; and Physics.

HND Chemical Process Technology

The HND Chemical Process Technology is a progression from the HNC Chemical Process Technology. You will gain knowledge in the subjects areas related to chemistry and chemical engineering. These include: Organic Chemistry; Physical Chemistry; Heat Transfer; Fluid Mechanics; Process Operations; and Analytical Chemistry.

Progression

HNCs and HNDs can provide progression to degree-level study. The HNC Chemical Process Technology Group Award is designed to articulate with the HND Chemical Process Technology Group Award. The HNC Chemical Process Technology Group Award may allow progression direct to year 2 at higher educational institutions. The HND Chemical Process Technology Group Award may allow direct progression to year 3 at higher educational institutions.

Higher National qualifications may also provide the knowledge and understanding required for related Modern Apprenticeships, eg the Modern Apprenticeship in Chemical Process Engineering and Related Industries.

Approval

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

Each individual unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for each unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Current

Qualification Structure

HNC Chemical Process Technology

Group award code: GL6A 15 (96 SCQF credit points)

HNC Chemical Process Technology at SCQF level 7 consists of nine mandatory units (72 SCQF credit points) and a number of optional units (8–24 SCQF credit points).

HND Chemical Process Technology

Group award code: GL6C 16 (240 SCQF credit points)

HND Chemical Process Technology at SCQF level 8 consists of 22 mandatory units (176 SCQF credit points) and a number of optional units (56–64 SCQF credit points).

Group Award Specification

Lapsing

Group Award Specification

Title: HNC/HND Chemical Process Technology
Code: G920 15 and G921 16
Date: Version 02 (May 2015)
Download: HNC/HND Chemical Process Technology Arrangements Document

HNC/HND Chemical Process Technology

This group award has been replaced and has entered into its lapsing period. The finishing date for the HNC Chemical Process Technology is 31/07/19 and the finishing date for the HND Chemical Process Technology is 31/07/20.

Centres should note that when a group award is entered into its lapsing period, the following will apply:

  • the group award will be deleted from the relevant catalogue
  • the group award arrangement document will remain until the qualification reaches its finish date at which point it will be removed form SQA website and archived
  • no new centres may be approved to offer the group award

Centres should only enter learners whom they expect to complete the group award during the defined lapsing period of three years (HNC) and four years (HND).