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Applied Science BTEC HND (Part-time)

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Applied Science BTEC HND (part-time)

What food is good for you? Why is blood red? How is disease transmitted? How do animals reproduce? What molecules are in your food? How does the environment work? If you are asking questions like this and have a keen interest in biology, this course could be just for you. As a student on this course you will join our higher education community and be taught by highly experienced and professional lecturers. The course actively encourages independent, critical thinking and a mixture of group and individual work, allowing you to develop your understanding of key concepts, principles and practices in biology. Our HNC focuses on equipping individuals with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to succeed in or advance your employment in biologically-based industries. Through the study of mandatory core and relevant specialist units learners will cover much of the underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding required for success progression into higher level study or entry into vocationally relevant employment.

Available Courses
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 26/09/2022
Type: HE
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 5:00pm
Length: 2 years
Fees: £2,948.00
Apply online Fee notes: The fee indicated above is for each year of the course.

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Courses Information

Entry requirements

To join the course you will need to have successful achievement of the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Applied Biology.

Course content

You will study a variety of units across the biological sciences giving a broad understanding a varied in the programme, which will give you the opportunity to develop skills and experience to succeed in biology.

You will study units totalling 120 credits, to make a total of 240 credits for awarding of the HND in applied biology;

  • Analysis of scientific data
  • Applied science research project
  • Biochemistry macromolecules and metabolic pathways
  • Molecular biology and genetics
  • Immunology
  • Specialist scientific techniques and experimentation
  • Epidemiology of communicable diseases.

In addition to these mandatory core units, learners will study a variety of specialist units giving a broad technical knowledge and understanding of aspects of biology.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through course work, assessed laboratory practicals and externally marked course work by the awarding body.


Higher National Diploma (HND) in Applied Biology.

Further study and career options

On completion of a HND you can top up your qualification to a full Bachelors degree at university of enter employment. The course opens up excellent career opportunities for those in and new to the industry.

Additional information

Our HND is taught is small groups, by well qualified and industry linked lecturers, with a wide range of industry backgrounds. The teaching team have adopted a hands-on, flexible learning approach to best familiarise you with industry and academic practice. Our close links to the science sector as a whole means that you will benefit from the knowledge and insight of industry experts, guest lecturers and industrial visits, with an international trip in the second year.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.