Pearson BTEC HND in Applied Biology
The HND is made up of 15 units in total; 8 units will have been covered as an HNC, a further 7 units in this 2nd year of study will combine to qualify as an HND.
Mandatory Core Units:
- Analysis of Scientific Data and Information
- Applied Sciences Research Project
Mandatory Specialist Units:
- Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways
- Molecular Biology and Genetics
Optional Units, may include:
- Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
- Conservation and Biodiversity
*The modules for the Part-Time course may vary from year to year.
Units may vary due to the availability of staff and combining HND and HNC classes.
Important Information on the Full Fee – Please note that this fee is for the 1st year only. Fees will apply for each year of a course.
Pearson BTEC HND in Applied Biology
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15 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.
Mandatory Additional Study
Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year.
22 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, to include use of online materials.
Successfully completed the BTEC Level 4 HNC in Applied Biology
Successful completion of the admissions process
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
How will I be assessed and given feedback?
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.
Where will it take me?
The HND in Applied Biology 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. Recent students have progressed to the following Degree courses; BSc(Hons) Microbiology and Biological Science at Queen's University 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, 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.
How will it make me more employable?
The HND in Applied 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.
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