Course Information

Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC / Level 5 HND in 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
Places Available: 12
Course Coordinator:

Campus: Dungannon
Week Starting: 14 September 2020
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 34
Hours per Week: 16
Total Hours: 544
Fee: 630
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 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, 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.

Additional Information

You will learn about the structure and function of all the macromolecules that form the basic building blocks of life. You will learn about the levels of organisation and the interrelationships between all parts of an organism. _x000D_ You will also complete laboratory work to help prepare you for employment or enhance the skills you already have. Along with the vocational skills you will also develop employability skills through workshops such as teamwork, innovation and problem solving._x000D_

Terms & Conditions

Students are required to:_x000D_

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in_x000D_ your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: and on the College VLE).
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  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
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  • The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.
  • 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._x000D_ The assessment is criterion-referenced and all units will be individually graded as ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’. _x000D_ Both oral and written feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance._x000D_

    Progression Opportunities

    BTEC Level 4 HNCs provide a nationally recognised qualification offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment and opportunities to progress into higher education._x000D_ The Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Applied Biology offers a progression route for learners who are employed in the applied biology and related science industries._x000D_ Learners studying the BTEC Level 4 HNC will be able to progress to an undergraduate degree for example BSc(Hons) Microbiology and Biological Science at Queen's University Belfast and Applied Biochemical Science. 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._x000D_ Learners will be able to seek employment in the biological sciences and their related industries._x000D_

    Entry Requirements

    Learners must be over 18._x000D_ Learners must have 4 GCSEs including a science subject and Maths and English or equivalent._x000D_ Learners must have at least 1 GCE A Level pass or equivalent in an appropriate subject._x000D_