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Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Applied Biology

The HND in Applied Biology prepares you for employment in the science industry and provides you with the opportunity to gain entry to relevant Degree programmes.

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Title Campus Type Week Starting Places Available Fee
Pearson BTEC HND in Applied Biology
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Full-Time 03/09/2018
14 £2500.00 Apply Now

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Course Overview

The HND in Applied Biology prepares you for employment in the science industry and provides you with the opportunity to gain entry to relevant Degree programmes.  The learning experience is a combination of laboratory based training, field work, theoretical knowledge and e-learning.  The programme incorporates a number of talks by experts from the industry and includes visits to industries, university laboratories, hospital laboratories and conservation areas.

Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum of 17 hours per week per semester.  Student workload usually includes 2 to 3 assessments per module.  Students are required to undertake between 3 and 5 self-study hours per week.

The teaching team are highly qualified with industrial and research experience.  The staff continually develop their professional skills by attending specialised training programmes. 

The HND is made up of 16 units in total; 8 units will be covered in year 1 and qualify as an HNC, with a further 8 units in year 2 combine to qualify as an HND. 

Modules may include:

MANDATORY MODULES (over 2 years)

Six Mandatory modules, totalling 95 credits include:

  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Laboratory Techniques for Applied Biology
  • Analysis of Scientific Data and Information
  • Physiology of Cellular Systems in Animals
  • Project for Applied Science

Ten Optional modules, totalling 150 credits, 135 of which must be at Level 5, will be offered and may include:

  • Medical Microbology
  • Neurophysiology and Homeostatic Control of the Human Body
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Biodiversity, Conservation and Threats
  • Chemistry for Applied Biologists
  • Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
  • Ecological Principles and their Application
  • Environmental Chemical Analysis
  • Management of Projects
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organics Chemistry 

*The modules for the Part-Time course may vary from year to year.

Units may vary due to the availability of staff and combining HND and HNC classes.

Important Information on the Full Fee  – Please note that this fee is for the 1st year only. Fees will apply for each year of a course.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

Four passes at GCSE level Grade C or above including Maths and English or equivalent (Level 2 Numeracy Essential Skills is not acceptable) and one of the following:

  • At least one GCE A level pass preferably in an appropriate subject (e.g. Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology).
  • Equivalent Irish Leaving Certificate passes.
  • Equivalent AVCE.
  • A National Diploma in an appropriate subject.
  • An equivalent relevant qualification
  • An HNC in Applied Biology.
  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the course through the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).  APEL is a process by which you may be awarded credits for learning that have been gained in the past and which is relevant to the course to which you have applied.  It may also help you gain entry to a programme if you do not have the required entry qualifications.  This may be certified or experiential learning.  Please ask for additional information.

In the event of oversubscription to the course, places will be awarded using the UCAS points system.

Where will it take me?

The HND in Applied Biology prepares you for employment in the science industry and provides you with the opportunity to gain entry to relevant Degree programmes.  Successful completion of the HND may enable you to progress to further study on the first or second year of a Degree course.  Recent students have progressed to the following Degree courses; BSc(Hons) Microbiology and Biological Science at Queen's University and Applied Biochemical Science.

It may also lead to BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy, BSc(Hons) Optometry and  BSc(Hons) Radiography at Ulster University, or BSc(Hons) Applied Biological Sciences, BSc(Hons) Marine Biology, BSc Biotechnology (Year 3) at Ulster University and BSc(Hons) Environmental Science Degrees.

You may progress to employment in areas including laboratory work in hospitals, industry, schools/colleges or the Scientific Civil Service.

How will it make me more employable?

As well as gaining a Nationally Recognised Qualification, you will be encouraged to complete work placement during the academic year.  Sponsoring by Sentinus may be possible.  You will take part in employability skills workshops such as teamwork, innovation and problem solving. 

You are encouraged to take up work placement in hospital labs, civil service labs, industries and educational sectors, which could be a part of the project for applied science module. It is the responsibility of the student to organise this work placement.

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Assessment is continuous throughout the course with a combination of written assignments, practical tasks and time constraint assignments.

Both oral and written feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance. 
Additional Costs

As part of the course you will be asked to participate in a one day training programme at W5, cost estimated at £15.

Field trip to Lough Neagh Discovery Centre will incur travel costs.

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Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and Procedures.
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme.

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