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HND Applied Sciences – Biology

Course title

BTEC HND in Applied Sciences
(Biology Pathway)
240 credits

These qualifications can form the off the job training for an Apprenticeship programme

Campus location

Whittingham Campus or Coombswood Campus

Why study this course?

This course comprises of sixteen modules of study – eight at Level 4 and eight at Level 5 – all but one unit carrying 15 credits each.

Students will study part time (usually as part of an apprenticeship programme) over three or four years.

Students undertake the HNC programme of modules at Level 4 (see HNC entry), before progressing to level 5

Length of course

Part time, two years*

*If you have studied the HNC beforehand. If not, the length of the course may be extended.

Compulsory modules


Both HND pathways contain the following two Level 5 compulsory modules:

  • Applied Sciences Research Project – 30 credits
  • Analysis of Scientific Data and Information – 15 credits

Specific additional compulsory modules at Level 5 are required for each pathway, together with optional modules to make up a credit attainment of 240. 

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.

Optional modules

For the Biology pathway, there are three additional Level 5 compulsory modules:

  • Immunology – 15 credits
  • Molecular Biology & Genetics –  15 credits
  • Biochemistry of Macromolecules & Metabolic Pathways – 15 credits

Two optional modules at Level 5 are also chosen from the following:

  • Science Laboratory Management – 15 credits
  • Environmental Monitoring & Analysis – 15 credits
  • Infectious Diseases & their Diagnosis – 15 credits
  • Nanomaterials & their Technology – 15 credits 


Available to study from January 2022 and September 2022

  • You will attend College one day per week part time during term time and participate in a range of activities including lectures, workshops, practical activities, tutorials and presentations.
  • A wide range of resources, including books and online journals from the Learning Resource Centre on Campus, as well as online learning materials will be available.


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

Applicants have typically achieved the HNC programme prior to progressing to the Level 5 HND. 

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

January 2022 and September 2022 


2022-23 course timetable to be confirmed.


2022-23 course timetable to be confirmed.


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.

Course code

Applied Science Biology H70017B (January)

Applied Science Biology H70017A (September)

Study mode

Available to study part time.

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