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Pearson BTEC HNC in Applied Sciences

The HNC 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.
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Course Structure

 The HNC is made up of 8 units in total. Modules will include:


Mandatory modules

  • 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


Students will complete the following three optional modules:

  • Environmental monitoring and analysis
  • Ecological Principles and their application
  • Chemistry for Applied Biologists 

Please note that it is anticipated that this course will move to the new RQF format for the September 2019 intake. Full details of any changes will be communicated to applicants. 


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Course Code: 72193

Contact Hours

Directed Study

7.5 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Personal Study

A further 12 hours per week, on average, studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials

Entry Requirements

General Entry Requirements:

  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy GCSE
  • Mathematics Grade C or above. No Equivalency is acceptable.
  • Four passes at Grade C or above, 2 of which to include English (or equivalent) and Mathematics (must be GCSE Mathematics)


A minimum of 32 UCAS points including:

  • At least one A Level pass preferably in an appropriate subject (e.g. Chemistry or Biology) OR 
  • Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science which must include two chemistry units

Access Diploma:

  • Access Diploma in Foundation Studies with an overall average of 60%-65%+ including one science module at a minimum of 60%

English Language Requirements for International students:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English

Equivalent qualifications include:

  • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English
  • Successfully completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
  • ESOL Level 2 

Tier 4 Students:

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)


  • Successful completion of the admissions process


  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include time constrained assignments, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of the HNC in Applied Biology prepares you for employment in the science industry and may provide you with the opportunity to complete a further year leading to the Level 5 HND in Applied Biology.

Successful completion of the HNC may also enable you to progress to further study on the first year of a Degree course, for example BSc(Hons) Microbiology and Biological Science at Queen's University Belfast and Applied Biochemical Science.  With further study it may also lead to; BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy; BSc (Hons) Optometry and BSc(Hons) Radiography at Ulster University; BSc(Hons) Applied Biological Sciences and Marine Biology at Ulster University and; BSc(Hons) Environmental Science Degrees.

How will it make me more employable?

The HNC in Applied Biology provides a Nationally Recognised Qualification offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment and provides opportunities to progress to Higher Education.  Along with the vocational skills you will also develop employability skills through workshops such as teamwork, innovation and problem solving.

Additional Costs

As part of the course you will be expected to participate in field trips including the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre. The total costs will not exceed £50.00 over the two years of the programme.  


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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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