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This one-year higher education vocational qualification has units that are related to applied biology. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic situations, activities and demands in the biological sciences.

  • About the Course

    You will learn by completing projects and assignments based on realistic situations, activities and demands. You will focus on a particular area and develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge.

    The course is made up of mandatory units and optional specialist units.

    You will study:

    Mandatory units:

    • Cell biology
    • Biochemistry of macromolecules and metabolic pathways
    • Physiology of cellular systems in animals
    • Laboratory techniques for applied biology
    • Analysis of scientific data and information

    Specialist units:

    • Neurophysiology and homeostatic control of the human body
    • Molecular biology and genetics
    • The immune response system
    • Infectious diseases
    • Medical microbiology
    • Human health and nutrition
    • Food molecules, additives and their roles 
    • Ecological principles and their application
    • Chemistry for the applied biologist
    • Biodiversity, conservation and threats
    • Plant physiology and environmental adaptation
    • Work-based experience
    • Personal and professional development
    • Employability skills.
  • Entry Requirements

    You should have at least one of the following meeting a minimum of 120 UCAS points:

    • BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Applied Science or a related discipline
    • Access to Science
    • At least two A Levels in science subjects.

    Applicants are also expected to have a good level of literacy and numeracy; a relevant Level 2 qualification (eg GCSE English and maths at grade C / grade 5 or above) is desirable.

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  • Progression

    Progress to the Higher National Diploma in Applied Biology or the second year of a degree course at university, such as BSc in Biomedical Science or Biology or find employment in biological sciences.

  • Assessment Method

    The course is internally assessed by means of assignments which are graded, and you will also receive an overall grade for the qualification.

How to Apply

Please apply via or click the "apply now" button below and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.

Start Date
Full Time

Course Info

Higher Education

Full Time

Level 4

Location Isleworth

Start Date 03/10/2019

BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Applied Biology JACS code: CC11 Institution code: W65

Maurice Naucer
Lecturer in Physics

“I love physics and teaching allows me to spend my days explaining the laws of physics and how nature works in physical terms. In my spare time I love scuba-diving and spearfishing in the Mediterranean Sea.”

Maurice Naucer

Zeinab Abdulhameed
L3 Applied Science

Zeinab has accepted a place to study Pharmaceutical Science at Kingston University.

Zeinab Abdulhameed
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