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Applied Biology

Course Code: UX9010

Level: 4
Subject area: Science
Awarding body: Pearson
Qualification: Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years (HNC), three years (HND)

About the course

Full Fee

Full-time £7,450

This HNC/D will give you knowledge and understanding of a range of biological processes for research and experimentation. You will develop skills in microscope techniques, environmental sampling and analysis, and microbiological techniques. With the wide range of analytical instrumentation available at the College, you will also become confident using scientific instruments and developing the skills required for working in a modern laboratory in the field of biological and environmental science.

Applied Biology will provide an introduction to higher level biology structured in a way to make it relevant to current industrial and commercial applied biology. The level of study links between A Level and undergraduate level, building a basic framework of knowledge that will allow academic progression in this field. It will also provide the sort of biological knowledge and laboratory skills directly applicable to an industrial setting.

The new Centre of Excellence for STEM at Kings Road will house the provision where this course will run. It will boast a fully equipped analytical laboratory with commercial equivalent equipment and modern state-of-the-art teaching laboratories.

If you are currently working in a related industry or are simply looking for a part-time route on level 4 and 5 qualifications in your own local area, then this course is for you!

What you'll learn

The academic year is broken down into two semesters. Each semester will contain four units.

Year One

Cell Biology
Provides an understanding of the structure of a cell and how the cell functions, divides, differentiates and adopts a position in order to perform a specialist role in the multicellular organism. You will also develop skills necessary for growing cells in culture.

Laboratory Techniques for Applied Biologists
Gives you the opportunity to practise and be able to use skills commonly used in practical biology. These include microscopy, titration, spectroscopy, chromatography and use of aseptic technique.

Employability Skills
Provides you with the opportunity to acquire honed employability skills required for effective employment.

Chemistry for Applied Biologists
Covers bonding, thermodynamics, reaction rates, equilibrium, oxidation and reduction and organic chemistry that are necessary to facilitate understanding of aspects of the biological sciences.

Year Two

Analysis of Scientific Data
Develops skills in mathematical and statistical techniques used in the analysis of scientific data, together with an understanding of the limitations in reporting results.

Physiology of Cellular Systems in Animals
Provides you with an understanding of the structure of the main physiological systems and how they function together to utilise nutrients and remove waste products effectively.

Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways
Enables you to develop practical skills and examine the chemical characteristics of amino acids, monosaccharides, nucleotides and fatty acids. These are used to develop an understanding of the structure and function of related biological macromolecules.

Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
Will give you an understanding of natural environmental cycles and the influence of pollutants on ecosystems. The sources and effects of environmental pollutants together with techniques of sampling and chemical analysis are examined.

Entry requirements

You will need to have:

  • GCSE grades A-C (4-9) in maths, English and science
  • T Level pass in an appropriate subject area
  • two A Levels in science at grades A*-E or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Sciences, or a Level 3 Access to Higher Education in Science or other related level 3 qualifications.

Other professional qualifications
Upon interview we would consider appropriate professional qualifications along with work related experience as long as core GCSEs had been achieved. This course is designed to provide a possible route into higher education whilst providing a recognised qualification in its own right.


Assessment will be through assignments and practical assessments for each unit.

What's next?

The successful completion of the HNC in Applied Biology will enable you to progress on to further study and training at either HND or BSc level in biological sciences or related subjects.

This is a higher level qualification and is accepted by a wide range of universities. The HNC in itself will provide a suitable qualification to enter an undergraduate programme in the field. When combined with the HND, many universities will offer direct access onto the second year of related undergraduate programmes.

The course will support career progression for those who are already working in related industries or provide a good basis to lead on to careers in a wide range of biological industries, including environmental biology, food technology, environmental health and a variety of roles in plant and animal management and care.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 – July 2022). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2022/23.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete an Expression of Interest form.
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