Course Details

  • Is chocolate good for you? Why is blood red? How do you grow bacteria? If you find yourself asking questions like these and have an interest in Biology, this course could be the one for you. The main aims of the course are to develop knowledge and understanding of biological theories and practices, whilst developing the skills needed to be able to apply them in different science related contexts.

    This course is supported by focused study in key areas of Biology and the units cover a range of topics to allow you to gain a grounding of the key concepts required for further study in a range of Bioscience disciplines.

    The course has a significant practical element which will allow you to develop your analytical, numerical and technical skills that are valued by employers in the field of Applied Biology. This will provide opportunities for career advancement within the sector.

    The HNC Applied Biology is delivered largely through combined lectures/seminars, workshops and tutorial sessions. The course is delivered on a full time basis over three days at the Nicholls Centre.

    There are 120 credits in each year of study.

    You will cover topics such as:

    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
    Infectious Diseases
    Medical Microbiology
    Human Health and Nutrition

  • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
    The ideal candidate will have a passion for biology. You should be highly motivated, determined and be able to work well both independently and as a member of a team.

    You will normally be considered for entry provided that the following requirements are met:
    (a) Three GCSE subjects at Grade C/grade 5 or higher including Science, Maths and English Language at grade C/grade 5; and 48 UCAS tariff points
    (b) You have successfully completed and passed a recognised Access programme containing elements of study in relevant subjects or associated areas OR
    (c) For International students:

    For admission to programmes of study at the University an applicant whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language.

    For overseas entry to levels 4, 5 and 6 IELTS score of 5.5 or above for each component

    For EU entry to levels 4,5 and 6 IELTS score of 5.5 or above for each component

  • The course is a full time course run over 3 days. A range of lectures, seminars and laboratory workshops are used. Assessments will be conducted every 6 weeks for all modules. A range of assessment methods is used, and examples of assessments are:
    - Individual report
    - Group presentation
    - Group project
    - Individual presentation
    - Exams

  • With a HNC Applied Biology you can apply for further study in a range of related subjects such as applied biology, biomedical science or nutrition.

    This course would suit individuals wishing to complete a professional qualification required for a career in the healthcare sector such as Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy.

    However, students might also use the skills they develop here to enter a wide range of professions, particularly those which value skills such as:
    • problem solving;
    • creative thinking;
    • analysis and interpretation of evidence;
    • project management skills;
    Clearly these skills are in high demand, and many disciplines offer the opportunity to excel in some of them.