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This course gives you knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in employment in the biologically-based/ life-science industry or for progression to a degree or further professional qualification.

Course details

Students must undertake a total of eight units to achieve a HNC in Applied Biology, consisting of five mandatory core units and three optional units. A list of these can be found below: Core: Cell Biology Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways Physiology of Cellular Systems in Animals Laboratory Techniques for Applied Biology Analysis of Scientific Data and Information Optional Units: Laboratory Management; Work-based Investigation (this is mandatory for apprentices); Neurophysiology and Homeostatic Control of the Human Body; Molecular Biology and Genetics; Applied Genetics of Industry, Agriculture and Medicine; Pharmacological Principles of Drug Actions; The Immune Response System; Infectious Diseases; Medical Microbiology; Human Health and Nutrition; Industrial Microbiology; Food Molecules, Additives and their Roles; Environmental Monitoring and Analysis; Ecological Principles and their Application; Environmental Management and Conservation; Chemistry for Applied Biologists; Biodiversity, Conservation and Threats; Statistics for Experimental Design; Plant Physiology and Environmental Adaptation; Quality Assurance and Quality Control; Management of Projects; Managing the Work of Individuals and Teams; Nanotechnology; Bioinformatics; Work-based Experience; Personal and Professional Development; Employability Skills Optional units are chosen in consultation with students and employers before starting the course. Detailed descriptions of all units, which also include recommended resources for that unit, can be found via Pearson's website.

By taking 2 additional units in the course of the qualification (10 in the course of the HNC) and studying for a third year candidates who wish can convert their HNC Diploma into a HND Diploma by taking a further 6 units (16 units in total).

Entry guidelines

Relevant academic qualifications, for example 2 A Levels (Grades A*-E), one of which must be biology or a BTEC Level 3 Diploma/National Diploma in Applied Science which contains biology units.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Assessment Method

Students are typically assessed on each module through coursework and practical assignments.

Additional Information

The mode of delivery of this qualification depends on the number of students in the class. For timetabled sessions, students will be based at the College's Twelve Quays Campus. The College's term dates are available on its website. However, these may differ according to the programme's assessment calendar. Assessment calendars and timetables of study are typically available in respective course handbooks, accessible through the College Virtual Campus following enrolment. Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are designated Higher Education qualifications in the UK. They are aligned to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Subject Sector Benchmarks. These qualifications are part of the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Where can I progress to?

This qualification enhances job opportunities in laboratory work and a range of related careers. It can also lead to more advanced higher education courses such as the Level 5 HND Diploma in Applied Biology and to a Level 5 Higher Level Apprenticeship in Life Sciences.

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When does this course run?

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).