Higher Education

Applied Biology HNC

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Course Location: Whittingham Road Campus

Course Duration: Part-time 2 years, 1 day a week

Fees (2017-18)

  • Part-time total tuition fees - £6,620.55

Please note that we are currently unable to accept international students.

About this course

This course is aiming to equip you with the knowledge understanding and skills needed to succeed in employment in biologically-based industries or enabling progression to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in applied biology or related areas.

The course can be studied as a stand alone qualification, or as part of an Advanced Apprenticeship in Laboratory and Associated Activities.

What will I learn?

Core units

75 credits:

  • Unit 1: Cell Biology
  • Unit 2: Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Unit 3: Physiology of Cellular Systems in Animals
  • Unit 4: Laboratory Techniques for Applied Biology
  • Unit 5: Analysis of Scientific Data and Information
  • Plus 3 specialist optional units

Students will study 45 credits and options will be dependent on staff specialisms.

What do I need?

  • 48 UCAS Points
  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Applied Sciences or a similar discipline; or
  • 2 or more A Levels which must include Biology; or
  • Access to Higher Education Certificate preferably science based

This profile should be supported by GCSE grades A* to C in English Language and Maths.

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.

Desirable Skills

Good Mathematics skills are essential. It would be an advantage to have GCSE Higher Mathematics and highly advantageous to have AS Mathematics.

Where can it take me?

Employment routes after completion of qualification

This specialist study is relevant if you are aiming for progression in your existing career or seeking employment in the biological sciences and their related industries.

Top up routes after completion of the qualification

If you continue your studies you can use this qualification to progress to an HND in Applied Biology to a full honours degree at many universities, in a Biology-related subject area.

Additional Information

You can start this course in September or January.