Ap­plied Sci­ences at Ar­gyll Col­lege

The Oban Times - - News -

Do you ever wish you had the chance to de­velop your scientific knowl­edge? Or are you look­ing for a step­ping stone in your sci­ence ca­reer? If so, the an­swer may be on your doorstep.

Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI’s HNC Ap­plied Sci­ences course gives stu­dents a broad base in gen­eral sci­ence – and the chance to do part of their study in one of Europe’s lead­ing marine sci­ence re­search in­sti­tu­tions.

The one year, full time course in­cor­po­rates a range of top­ics in­clud­ing bi­ol­ogy, chem­istry, ge­net­ics, ecol­ogy, ecosys­tems and mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy.

Most of the class­room el­e­ment is based at Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI’s Oban cen­tre, with prac­ti­cal el­e­ments car­ried out at the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion for Marine Sci­ence (SAMS) UHI base in Dun­beg.

Tu­tor So­phie Hall said the SAMS UHI link means not only that stu­dents have world class sci­ence fa­cil­i­ties at their dis­posal, but also that they get a valu­able taste of what Univer­sity life is like.

“This is the per­fect course for any­one who is in­ter­ested in sci­ence but not sure what par­tic­u­lar area they might like to con­cen­trate on in terms of fur­ther study or em­ploy­ment,” So­phie said.

“It gives a broad ground­ing in all the ba­sic el­e­ments, plus stu­dents can choose from a range of other units de­pend­ing on their in­di­vid­ual in­ter­ests.”

A ma­jor part of the course is a per­sonal project in which each stu­dent in­ves­ti­gates a topic of their choice, in any of the dis­ci­plines, and de­signs an ex­per­i­ment around that topic.

So­phie said: “Us­ing the SAMS UHI fa­cil­i­ties means this is a unique op­por­tu­nity to tap into some of the best scientific fa­cil­i­ties in the coun­try.

“The course is a great foun­da­tion for ei­ther em­ploy­ment in a sci­ence-re­lated field, or go­ing on to fur­ther study. I’d en­cour­age any­one who wants to find out more about it to look at the web­site or come to the col­lege and have a chat.”

Ar­gyll Col­lege UHI prin­ci­pal Fraser Durie said: ‘’ The col­lab­o­ra­tive way in which we are de­liv­er­ing this course demon­strates just one of the ad­van­tages of our sta­tus as a part­ner of the Univer­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands, and un­der­pins Oban’s po­si­tion as a Univer­sity Town.’’

Cur­rent stu­dent Kirsty Wright, who is hop­ing to do an HND in Glas­gow next year, said: “This course is an ex­cel­lent gate­way into sci­ence for peo­ple who are look­ing to progress into univer­sity or the HND course.

“The tu­tors are en­thu­si­as­tic and sup­port­ive, and the course has de­vel­oped the knowl­edge and skills I need to ad­vance into other av­enues of higher ed­u­ca­tion.”

To find out more about the HNC Ap­plied Sci­ences course, go to https://www.ar­gyll.uhi.ac.uk/cour­ses/hnc- ap­plied-sci­ences.

Ar­gyll Col­lege’s ap­plied sci­ence tu­tor So­phie Hall (cen­tre) teaches mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy to stu­dents Lau­ren Pow­ell (left) and Kirsty Wright (right) in a SAMS lab­o­ra­tory. in Dun­staff nage.

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