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Applied Biological Science HNC (Level 4) – Full-time

Course outline

If you’re passionate about biology, this Level 4 HNC course could be ideal.

It has been designed to provide you with a broad range of skills, knowledge, understanding and personal qualities required to work in a biological science-based field. The course is also suitable if you are currently employed in a relevant industrial sector and are seeking higher-level qualifications to develop further your career.

You’ll develop knowledge and understanding of biological theories and practice to be able to apply them in a variety of science-related industrial contexts.

Modules include:

  • Cell Biology
  • Laboratory Techniques for Applied Biology
  • Analysis of Scientific Data and Information
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Chemistry for Applied Biologists
  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Work-based Investigation

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: BIO1
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Location Date Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street

Start: Monday 25th September 2023

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Tuition fee: £8,250

Course code: C038493 / Q038494


Pearson Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Applied Sciences (Biology)


1 year

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points (preferably including a science-based subject).

You must have achieved GCSE passes at Grades A* - C/ 9 - 4 in English Language and Maths or equivalent.

Mature students with relevant industrial experience are encouraged to apply.

Teaching & assessment

Units are assessed via a range of internally set and assessed assignments including: reports, case studies, oral presentations, practical assessments, individual project work, data analysis, research, investigation, problem-solving tasks and portfolios of evidence.


From the Level 4 HNC, you could progress on to our Level 5 HND in Applied Sciences (Biology). Upon successful completion of the Level 5 HND, you could also progress onto a wide range of science-based top-up degree courses, such as a BSc (Hons) or to further professional study in applied biology or a related discipline.

Previous graduates have made careers in the public or private sectors. You could find yourself working in areas such as biomedicine, pharmaceutical development, water and waste treatment, biotechnology and bioplastics.

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