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Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Applied Biology (QCF)

Course Code: C5061
Campus: Titanic Quarter
Week Commencing: 17 Sep 18
18/19 Academic Year End Date:
08 Jun 19

This two-year, full-time course provides an excellent foundation for a range of careers in biological/biomedical sciences. It is broadly equivalent to the first year of degree-level study in biological sciences and is a well-balanced mix of theory and practical laboratory sessions which are complemented by visits to specialised locations and field courses. You will study a range of core and specialist units including Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Laboratory Techniques, Analysis of Scientific Data, Medical Microbiology and a Research Project. Assessment of all units will be via project-based learning and written assignment work and students will be expected to complete extensive independent study. 
This programme of study is likely to include enrichment units which are an additional component to enhance your employability.  A minimum attendance of 80 % is expected on all aspects of the course.  In addition to the higher education tuition fee, an additional fee of £50 is required to defray expenses associated with residential field trips.

Career Opportunities / Progression

This course is particularly suitable if you are interested in progressing to biology-related degree programmes at university, or wish to gain employment in biologically-based industries. The course also allows graduates to apply to become Associates of the Royal Society of Biology and/or Registered Science Technicians.  With further experience, HND graduates can apply for Registered Scientist or Chartered Biologist status. Please note that while HND graduates typically progress into the second year of degree programmes, some professional degree programmes (e.g. Radiography, Physiotherapy etc.) require you to enter the first year.

Entry Requirements

Requirements are pre-defined by the College’s admissions criteria which are outlined at the beginning of this document. Applicants should possess a Level 3 qualification in a biology-related subject. Please note that the minimum tariff accepted for this course in previous academic years was 64 UCAS points.


Tuition Fee


Course fees relate to year one of this two –year course.

All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.

Other Information

Attendance at an information session is advised to enable candidates to make an informed decision regarding their application for this course.

Contact Information

Dawn Kirk, tel: 028 9053 3103 or email: [email protected]