Course Information

Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma Applied Biology


Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Dungannon
Week Starting: 14 September 2020
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 20
Total Hours: 600
Fee: £2600.00
Places Available: 20
Course Coordinator:

Campus: Dungannon
Week Starting: 14 September 2020
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 34
Hours per Week: 16
Total Hours: 544
Fee: £980.00
Places Available: 16
Course Coordinator:


The HNC in Applied Biology prepares you for employment in the science industry and provides you with the opportunity to gain entry to relevant Degree programmes. The earning 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, laboratories and conservation areas. The teaching team are highly qualified, with industrial and research experience and some holding PhD degrees. The staff continually develop their professional skills by attending specialised training programmes. 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.

Terms & Conditions

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: and on the College VLE).
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
  • The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.
  • Course Content

    Physiology of Cellular Systems in Animals

    Core Modules

    Physiology of Cellular Systems in Animals

    Optional Modules

    Three other units covering a range of applied biology topics.

    Assessment Method

    Assessment is continuous throughout the course with a combination of written assignments, practical tasks both in the laboratory and in the field, presentations and time constraint assignments. The assessment is criterion referenced and all units will be individually graded as ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’. Both oral and written feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

    Progression Opportunities

    Learners will be able to seek employment in the biological sciences and their related industries.

    Entry Requirements

    • equivalent qualifications such as Scottish Certificate of Education or international baccalaureate, a European baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate with grade C or above in four subjects at higher level;