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HNC Applied Sciences – Biology

Course title

BTEC Higher National Certificate in Applied Sciences (Biology Pathway)

120 credits

These qualifications may form the off the job training for an apprenticeship programme

Campus location

Whittingham Campus

Why study this course?

This course comprises of eight modules of study – all at Level 4 and all carrying 15 credits each. There are three compulsory modules, plus five optional modules.  The choice of optional modules will determine the title of the final HNC award.

Length of course

Part time, two years

Compulsory modules

Both pathways contain the following compulsory modules:

  • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques – 15 credits
  • Scientific Data Handling – 15 credits
  • Regulation and Quality in Applied Sciences – 15 credits

Specific additional compulsory modules are required for each pathway, together with optional modules. 

Optional modules

Please note that every effort will be made to accommodate individual choices of optional modules, but the College cannot guarantee that every option will always be available.

For the Biology pathway, there are three additional compulsory modules:

  • Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry,
  • Anatomy and Human Physiology

Two optional modules are also chosen from the following:

  • Principles of Ecology and Their Applications
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Personal and Professional Development for Scientists


Available to study from January 2022 and September 2022

  • Students attend College one day per week, during term time and participate in a range of activities including lectures, workshops, practical activities, tutorials and presentations.
  • Students are encouraged to use a wide range of resources, including books and online journals from the Learning Resource Centre on Campus, as well as online learning materials.

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You will engage in a range of learning and assessment activities, and be encouraged to become effective and independent in researching and presenting work.

Assessment is through practical and theoretical assignment activities, where there are between two and four assignments set per module of study.

All assignment work is both assessed and quality assured within College, as well as being subject to quality assurance sampling by the awarding body.

How to apply

Part-time applicants should apply via the ‘Apply’ link on the Halesowen College website.

If your qualification(s) are not listed, please contact Halesowen College’s Admissions Team for further guidance on 0121 602 7888.

Entry requirements

English and Maths GCSE grades C/4 or above
A related Level 3 qualification.

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Any other information an applicant would need to know at this initial stage?

Applicants who have been out of education for several years and/or have not studied Maths and Science above GCSE level should seek advice via Admissions regarding preparative study.

Start date

September 2022


2022-23 course timetable to be confirmed.


2022-23 course timetable to be confirmed.

Course fee

Part time (two years): £2750 per year

If you would like to study this programme as part of an apprenticeship, please contact Admissions on 0121 602 7888.

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Study mode

Available to study part time.

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