Pearson BTEC HND in Applied Sciences

The HND in Applied Science 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.


Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 10844
Campus: Lisburn
Study Type: Full-Time
Education Level Higher Education
Department: Bio Sciences

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Course Structure

On completion of the HNC a further 7 units will complete the HND

Mandatory Core Units:

  • Analysis of Scientific Data and Information (Pearson set)
  • Applied Sciences Research Project

Mandatory Specialist Units:

  • Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Immunology

Optional Units, may include:

  • Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
  • Conservation and Biodiversity


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

16.75 hours per week contact time to include practical classes, lectures, virtual learning environments (VLEs), online lectures, video, printable online resources, virtual visits, webcams for distance training, e-portfolios workshops or tutorials.

Mandatory Additional Study

Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year.

Personal Study

22 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, to include use of online materials.

General Entry Requirements

The general entry requirements below identify the minimum qualifications needed to apply for the programme. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis on application. You are required to upload a copy of your qualification certificates to show how you meet the entry requirements for the programme prior to enrolment. Applications will also require successful completion of the admissions process.

GCSE/ Level 2 Requirements

• GCSE grade C/4 in English Language, or Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills-Communication, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

AND

• GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics, or Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills-Application of Number, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.*

*It should be noted that we strongly recommend that if you do not hold a GCSE in Maths that you enrol in a course concurrently with the HNC as many Universities require GCSE Maths as an entry requirement for Science degrees.

    AND

    • Passes in 4 different subjects (can include English Language and Mathematics and as above), with 1 at GCE Advanced (A) level (grades A-E), and 3 at GCSE level (grades A*-C*/9-4), or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

    Course Entry Requirements

    A minimum of 32 UCAS points including:

    • GCE A level (A2): Typical grade profile C [Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, or Double Award Science/Applied Science.] 

    OR

    • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science with overall award profile (PP)

    OR

    • Access to HE Diploma (NI): 60%-65% overall [in an Applied Science course] and 60% in one science module.

    OR

    • Equivalent alternate qualification

    Accreditation of Prior Learning

    Alternatively, you can provide evidence of your ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process, either through Accredited Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Further details on APL can be found in the HE Admissions process section of our website and the HE Accreditation of Prior Learning SOP

    International Students English Language Requirements

    International applicants, from Non-Native English speaking countries, must have evidence of English Language Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:

    • IELTS 6.0 (Academic) (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)

    • PTE Academic 51 (minimum of 46 in each part)

    • Or equivalent UKVI-approved English Language Test For further information please contact our International Department at international@serc.ac.uk

       
      Admissions

      Successful completion of the admissions process APEL 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.

       

      Students are assessed using a range of different methods.

      These include examinations, 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.

      The HND in Applied Sciences 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 such as BSc(Hons) Microbiology and Biological Science at Queen's University and Applied Biochemical Science.

      With further/ additional study 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

      The HND in Applied Sciences 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.

      You are encouraged to take up work placement in hospital labs, civil service labs, industries and educational sectors.

      It is the responsibility of the student to organise this work placement.

      As part of the course you will be expected to participate in field trips which will incur travel costs (£15.00)

      Course and Provider regulated by Pearson.

      On completion of the HNC a further 7 units will complete the HND

      Mandatory Core Units:

      Analysis of Scientific Data and Information (Pearson set)

      Applied Sciences Research Project

      Mandatory Specialist Units:

      Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways

      Molecular Biology and Genetics

      Immunology

      Optional Units, may include:

      Environmental Monitoring and Analysis

      Conservation and Biodiversity

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

      Alternative Years

      You are viewing the 2023/24 version of this course, it is also available in the following years:

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