Pearson BTEC HNC in Applied Sciences

The HNC in Applied Sciences (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.



Academic Year: 2022/23

Course Code: 10612

Campus: Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn, Newcastle

Study Type: Part-Time

Education Level Higher Education

This course is also available for the following academic years:

  2022/23 Academic Year

An academic year runs from September to August of the following year.

Sessions

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Part-Time
Bangor
05/09/2022
Day: Tuesday
Time: 09:00-17:00
Part-Time
Downpatrick
05/09/2022
Day: Wednesday
Time: 09:00-18:00
Part-Time
Lisburn
05/09/2022
Day: Wednesday
Time: 09:00-18:00

Course Structure

The HNC is made up of 8 modules totalling 120 credits. These consist of six Mandatory modules, totalling 90 credits and two optional Modules to total 30 credits. These will be studied over two years part time. The sequence of module delivery may vary from year to year, however will normally be:

Year 1 Modules:

MANDATORY MODULES:

Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques

Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques

OPTIONAL MODULES: 

Fundamentals of Biochemistry

Microbiological techniques

Year 2:

MANDATORY MODULES:

Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences

Cell Biology

Fundamentals of Chemistry

Anatomy and Human Physiology

Please note, course fees are payable on each year of the Programme

Contact Hours

Contact Hours per week

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

Mandatory Additional Study

Maximum of 1.5 hours per week average over the academic year.

Personal Study

11 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English

  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy

GCSE Maths

  • GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above (no equivalency)

Other GCSE

  • Four passes at Grade C or above, 2 of which to include English (or equivalent) and Maths (must be GCSE Maths)

UCAS

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: e.g.Chemistry for Biotechnicians and Industrial Chemical Reactions

Access Diploma

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

International Requirements

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • PTE 51
  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • Or equivalent (Examples of equivalent qualifications would be a GCSE in English, Level 3 Programmes, Essential Skills in Literacy – Level 2, ESOL Level 2 or another qualifications gained at an Institution within the 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 of our website.

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 Sciences (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 Sciences (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 Sciences (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. 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.

 

Additional Costs

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

Accreditation

Course and Provider regulated by Pearson.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules:

MANDATORY MODULES:

Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques

Scientific Data Handling

Approaches and Techniques

OPTIONAL MODULES: 

Fundamentals of Biochemistry

Microbiological techniques

Year 2:

MANDATORY MODULES:

Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences

Cell Biology

Fundamentals of Chemistry Anatomy and Human Physiology

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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Available Sessions Summary

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Part-Time
Bangor
05/09/2022
Day: Tuesday
Time: 09:00-17:00
Part-Time
Downpatrick
05/09/2022
Day: Wednesday
Time: 09:00-18:00
Part-Time
Lisburn
05/09/2022
Day: Wednesday
Time: 09:00-18:00

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Bangor

05/09/2022
Day: Tuesday
Time: 09:00-17:00

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Downpatrick

05/09/2022
Day: Wednesday
Time: 09:00-18:00

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Lisburn

05/09/2022
Day: Wednesday
Time: 09:00-18:00

17

£940.00

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An academic year runs from September to August of the following year.

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