“Thank you for your interest in the Science Department! Whatever the status of your application, I hope the following information will help prepare you for future studies in Science, maybe even help you decide that Bury College University Centre is the place for you. We are really excited that the course provides an opportunity to progress at the University of Salford, giving our students even more career opportunities.”

Martin Attree – Head of Curriculum for Vocational Science

Martin has taught at Bury College since completing his PGDE in 2009. He has held roles as a Team Leader for Vocational Science and for Biology, Assistant Curriculum Manager of Science and Maths, and is the current Head of Curriculum for Science and Maths. He holds a BSc in Biomedical Science with Forensic Biology.


Why choose university study?

For those still thinking about their options, our current students have provided some reasons why they chose to pursue a university education:

  • Better earning potential
  • Flexible learning to fit around you
  • Greater opportunities to broaden your skills, knowledge to take into future employment
  • Develop transferable skills you can use in your future career
  • Meet new friends, new lecturers, and new people who are interested in the same industries you are


Modules you will study

The course has been specially designed to give you the skills you need for a career in the sciences. With pathways available in Biology and Chemistry, and links with the University of Salford for those who wish to continue their studies, this course provides opportunities for a broad range of interests and specialisms.

Modules may include:

  • Biological Molecules
  • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
  • Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques
  • Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences

The ‘specialist pathways’ allow you to study units from your area of interest. These units include:

  • Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Anatomy and Human Physiology
  • Inorganic or Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Principles of Ecology and their Applications
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Microbiological Techniques


Distinctive key features of the programme

Students who successfully complete their Applied Sciences HNC Chemistry pathway have a guaranteed place on the second year of a BSc (Hons) Chemistry at the University of Salford.

Those students who successfully complete the Applied Sciences HNC Biology pathway, also have a guaranteed place at the University of Salford on the second year of one of the following degrees; BSc (Hons) Biology, BSc (Hons) Zoology, BSc (Hons) Human Biology & Infectious Diseases. Please note that different fees will apply.


How you will be assessed

You will be assessed via a mixture of practical demonstrations, exams, and written work and reports.


Career Opportunities

Discover a wide range of careers including:

  • Biological scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Laboratory Technician


Get in contact

Our friendly staff are happy to answer any questions you may have about your course or the University Centre. We can also put you in contact with your course tutor for a chat. Please email victoria.rowcroft@burycollege.ac.uk with any queries.