Course Details

The Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND in Applied Biosciences develops a wide range of skills, knowledge and understanding needed to succeed in employment in biologically based industries. The course gives students the opportunity to take advantage of excellent science facilities situated in a purpose built environment. Students benefit from a large amount of tutor led class time (up to 14 hours a week) from our professional, friendly, and approachable staff. As a practically based course delivered through supported workshops, students will gain from a 'hands on' experience rather than purely ‘listening'. Each module is assessed by individual or group coursework assignments. At the end of the course students have the opportunity to celebrate their achievement with a full graduation ceremony at Chichester Cathedral. Year 1 comprises the HNC (Level 4 Higher National Certificate) qualification. Students can then progress on to the second year HND (Level 5 Higher National Diploma) to fully complete the qualification.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Mathematics and English Language are required at grade C or above. Applicants need to demonstrate a sound academic background in Maths and English Language. Applicants need to have a combination of GCE A levels, or BTEC Level 3 Diploma/ Extended Diplomas or equivalent qualifications.

Career options

The BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma will enable learners to progress on to further study such as a full honours degree or go straight into employment in the Science Industry.

Applied Biosciences Higher National Diploma

Five highlights

  • 1 Small Class Sizes
  • 2 Professional support from experienced Lecturers
  • 3 Affordable Tuition Fees with access to Student Loans
  • 4 Opportunities in industry and higher learning for Graduates
  • 5 QAA approved

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 02.09.2019
  • Higher National Certificate/Higher National Diploma in Applied Biosciences

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Course code Location Course length Start date
SCI058CF1A Chichester Campus 2 Years 02.09.2019

What you need to know

What will I study?

HNC (Year 1) Modules: Cell Biology • Physiology of Cellular Systems • Laboratory Techniques for Applied Biology • Chemistry for Applied Biologists • Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways • Environmental Management and Conservation • Ecological Principles and their Applications • Analysis of Scientific Data and Information HND (Year 2) Modules: Project for Applied Science • Human Health and Nutrition • Neurophysiology and Homeostatic Control of the Human Body • Molecular Biology and Genetics • Biodiversity, Conservation and Threats • Personal and Professional Development • Employability Skills

How will I be taught?

Group and individual work, lectures, project work, practical classes, self study, study trips, and guest speakers. Students joining the HND in Applied Biosciences are provided with a Course Handbook (each year) detailing the course structure, key course dates and what is expected of students. It is the intention that students can confidently rely on their course handbook for semester dates, module delivery dates, timetabling information and assignment hand-in dates.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments will be scheduled and published at the beginning of each unit and will comprise a mixture of presentations, group work, work-based learning, practical assessment, examinations and written assignments.

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