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Qualification name BTEC Higher National Certificate in Applied Sciences
Qualification level 4
Awarding organisation Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)
Learning method Classroom based
Course hours Full-time
Course start date 1st September 2024
Cost description These fees relate to 2024/25 TBC
Attendance pattern Daytime

Discover the learning experience and opportunities you can expect from this course.

The HNC/HND in Applied Biology is a vocational programme designed to provide a thorough study of the key concepts and practical skills required in the science based job sector. Emphasis is placed on the combination of knowledge and skills that students will require for a successful career or further study in a related field. Progression is from HNC in Year 1 to HND in Year 2. Further progression is available via top up to Degree level though a network of regional Higher Education institutions. Students study a variety of mandatory and optional modules, ranging from Cell Biology and Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways to Laboratory Techniques and Analysis of Data. The Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Applied Sciences offers students a specialist pathway in Biology designed to support progression into relevant occupational areas or on to degree-level study. The Higher National Diploma is referenced against professional body standards and meets the mandatory qualification requirements of the Level 5 Technician Scientist Higher Apprenticeship standard, providing apprenticeship status and progression to direct employment. The course structure has been selected to provide a vocationally relevant learning environment and learning opportunities to meet the needs of local and regional students. It has been designed to either enable learners to progress to a related degree programme or to make a direct entry to employment through the acquisition of practical skills and relevant underpinning knowledge. Learning is supported through a range of employer engagement activities including a work experience element.

Find out what qualifications and skills you will need for this course.

64 UCAS points BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science A Levels that demonstrate strong performance in relevant subjects and supported by GCSE grades at A* to C and or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in English, maths and science. Other related level 3 qualifications. Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution. Mature (19+) learners will be considered on an individual basis following an interview. IELTS score 5.5

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In year 1 (Level 4) you will study the following units: Year 1 Modules: 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 Microbiological Techniques Managing Scientific Projects In year 2 (Level 5) you will study the following units: Year 2 Modules: Analysis of Scientific Data and Information Applied Sciences Research Project (Pearson-set) Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways Molecular Biology and Genetics Immunology Stem Cell Biology Organisations and Change Management

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Independent learning is a key part of being a student in HE. It forms part of students development as autonomous learners, something that you will take with you after graduation, and is a skill employers will value. Like other universities, University Centre at Wakefield College expects students to engage with a significant amount of study outside timetabled taught sessions .Typically, self-directed, or independent learning accounts for two-thirds of the total time spent on a module.

Find out more about exams, assignments and assessments.

Assessment will include: Critical evaluations Essays Laboratory reports Observations Presentations Practical work Practical tests Reflective accounts Research projects Time constrained assignments Written reports

Successful completion of the HNC/HND would facilitate progression to the following science based higher education qualifications:

BSc (Hons) Life Sciences
BSc (Hons) Biology / Biological Sciences / Human Biology
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry / Biotechnology
BSc (Hons) Ecology and Environmental Biology
BSc (Hons) Microbiology / Molecular Biology
BSc (Hons) Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science / Conservation Biology
BSc (Hons) Chemistry / Biochemistry

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Name Wakefield College
Address Margaret Street
West Yorkshire
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Phone 01924 789111
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