Pearson BTEC HND in Applied Sciences

The HND in Applied Science 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: 10844

Campus: Lisburn

Study Type: Full-Time

Education Level Higher Education


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Course Structure

The HND is made up of 15 units in total;

Year 1

8 units will be covered and on completion lead to the award of an HNC:

Modules will include:

MANDATORY MODULES: Mandatory modules, totalling 90 credits, include

Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques

Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques

Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences

Cell Biology

Fundamentals of Chemistry

Anatomy and Human Physiology

OPTIONAL MODULES: Two optional Modules will be offered from the specification, to total 30 credits

Fundamentals of Biochemistry

Microbiological techniques,

Year 2

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 (Pearson set)
  • Applied Sciences Research Project

Mandatory Specialist Units:

  • Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Immunology

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.

Contact Hours

16.75 hours per week contact time to include practical classes, lectures, virtual learning environments (VLEs), online lectures, video, printable online resources, virtual visits, webcams for distance training, e-portfolios workshops or tutorials.

Mandatory Additional Study

Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year.

Personal Study

22 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, to include 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)


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).


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


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 Sciences 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 such as BSc(Hons) Microbiology and Biological Science at Queen's University and Applied Biochemical Science.

With further/ additional 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 Sciences 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 which will incur travel costs (£15.00)

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Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

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