The London College

Applied Sciences (Biology)

Full Time Course

Award BTEC Higher National Certificate
Course Title HNC Applied Sciences (Biology)
UCAS Code C100
Award Level RQF 4
Start Dates October 2022
Study Mode Full Time - 1 year
Awarding Body Pearson Education
UK Student £6165

Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Applied Sciences (Biology) is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning.

Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the Applied Sciences sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in Applied Sciences or related fields. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the Applied Sciences sector, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Applied Sciences give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training in Applied Sciences related fields.

The objectives of the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Applied Sciences are as follows:

  • to equip students with the Applied Sciences skills, knowledge, and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global Applied Sciences environment
  • to provide education and training for a range of careers in Applied Sciences, including Laboratory Technician, Research Technician, Technical Support Chemist / Biologist, Quality Support Technician, Manufacturing Technician, Science Technician, Technologist, Instrumentation Technician and Product Development Technician
  • to provide opportunities for students to enter or progress in employment in the Applied Sciences, or progress to higher education qualifications such as an Honours degree in Biology, Environmental Sciences or a related area.


You will benefit from an innovative variety of assessment modes. Assessment is mainly via coursework, which can take forms such as traditional essays and reports, individual and group project work, research and consultancy projects, presentations, posters, and design of digital materials.

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning will be provided via a blended delivery model, offering class-based lectures and tutorials, including laboratory, workshop and field-based practical activities and online delivery.

When not attending lectures or seminars, you will also be expected to study through independent learning. Independent learning plays a vital role in your studies and involves research, such as reading books and journal articles, preparing assignments and presentations, working on individual and group projects.

During one term, you will typically be attending three modules of 15 credits each. A taught 15 credit module consists of approximately 10 hours of lecture content, 20 hours of seminar content and assessment practice. On top of this, you will be expected to spend around 10 to 15 hours per week on independent learning and completing assessments. 

You will have access to a variety of materials to support you in your learning, such as books, journals, lecture notes and a wide range of e-resources.

Entry Requirements

You will be expected to have at least one of the following:

● a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Applied Sciences (or a related subject)

● a GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject; this profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English

● other related Level 3 qualifications

● an Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution

● related work experience

● an international equivalent of the above. 

Plus you will usually have five GCSE subjects including Maths and English Language at grade C/grade 4 or above. We will normally accept Key Skills and Higher Diploma qualifications as the equivalent to GCSEs.

What you will cover

Year 1

  •   HNAB 001 Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
  •   HNAB 002 Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques
  •   HNAB 003 Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences (Pearson-set)
  •   HNAB 004 Cell Biology
  •   HNAB 005 Fundamentals of Chemistry
  •   HNAB 006 Anatomy and Human Physiology
  •   HNAB 017 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  •   HNAB 025 Personal and Professional Development for Scientists

Careers and employability

Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate is an internationally recognised qualification offering to graduates career progression and professional development in Applied Sciences, as well as, progression onto further study, e.g. a Higher National Diploma and a Bachelor degree.

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How to Apply

Please scan your supporting documents, such as a photo, passport, visa, qualifications, references etc. before starting the application form. You will also need access to your e-mail. New Students landing page

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