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Applied Science BTEC HNC

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Applied Science - Forensic BTEC HNC (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.

Course information

Course content

Learners 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;

  • Fundamentals of Laboratory techniques
  • Scientific Data Handling and approaches
  • Regulation and quality in applied science
  • Cell biology
  • Fundamentals of chemistry
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Principles of ecology
  • Fundamentals of biochemistry.

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.

Entry requirements
  • GCSEs A*-C/ 9-4 in English, maths and science. Functional skills at level 2 AND
  • 32-48 UCAS tariff points including a science/ biology subject OR
  • BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science or related discipline
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma in Science OR
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualification and industry experience
  • T Level pass in an appropriate subject area

We welcome applications from mature students who will be considered on relevant work experience rather than qualifications.

Assessment methods

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


Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Applied Science.

Further study and career options

Top up to a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Applied Science, or alternative courses at university, entry into vocationally relevant employment.

Additional information

Our HNC 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.

Available Courses
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 29/09/2022
Type: HE
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Thursday
Time(s): 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fees: £2,948.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.
Bedford College
Starts: 29/09/2022
Type: HE
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fees: £3,000.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.

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Funding Information

You could be eligible to take out a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees. Click on the link below to find out more about the financial support available for our Higher Education courses.

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If you decide to pay for your course yourself, we also offer an affordable Direct Debit instalments option to help spread the cost of tuition fees (terms apply).

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.