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Higher Nationals in Applied Biology

The BTEC Higher National in Applied Biology has been developed to focus on equipping you with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to succeed in employment in biologically-based industries. This course will enable you to progress to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualifications in applied biology or related areas. This course provides specialist studies in biological science units enabling you to access to related industries while developing your skills and knowledge.

Entry Requirements
You will typically have one of the following;

* A BTEC Level 3 or other Level 3 qualification in a related subject with at least one merit in the final grade profile
* A minimum of 2 A Levels with one in a related subject at grade C or above
* Access to HE with relevant options
* Extensive relevant work experience - mature learners who have extensive work experience and/or professional qualifications in a related industry are welcome to apply

If you do not hold GCSE maths and English at grade C (grade 4-5) or above then it is strongly recommended that you study these before starting on a Higher National programme, both to support your study and to allow you to progress to university.

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.

You will study a range of Biology based units at level 4 in the first year and level 5 in the second, which will include cell biology, biochemistry, animal physiology and project based units. This course is taught using a mix of both practical and theory based sessions.


The Higher National units are assessed internally. You will be graded for each individual unit with a Pass, Merit or Distinction. You may be assessed in a number of different ways, such as presentations, written reports and practical tasks.

Awarding Body
Pearson BTEC

The HNC is for one academic year which can be followed by the HND for a further academic year. You will be expected to attend lectures at Macclesfield College for a minimum of 12 hours each week with additional work placements. A part time route is also available with a minimum of 6 hours per week for a two year period.

Follow up courses/Progression
You can apply to university to complete a degree in a related subject; entry to the degree may be at year 2 or year 3 dependent upon the university and degree programme.

On successful completion of this course you may wish to:
• Enter a variety of science based work environments such as labatory technician within an eduactional, medical or industrial environment as you will have developed your lab based skills
• Pursue your studies to gain a full degree

Course information code: SCI-01-17  

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