Applied Sciences at Argyll College
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.