Applied Biological Sciences: HND

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2 Years - 3 Days per week

Start date
Aug 2023
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Course overview

Are you interested in a rewarding career in science? Then this may be the course for you with potential progression to study in biomedical science, microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology, forensics and pharmacy to name a few.

The HND Applied Biological Science programme is a two-year programme covering a wide variety of subjects. If you now you like science but you're not sure what area to work in yet, why not complete the HND Applied Biological Science programme and gain experience across a wide variety to help find the career path for you?

The programme is designed to give you a broad overview of the applied sciences area and covers subjects such as microbiology, cell biology, human body, chemistry, biochemistry, maths and statistics, immunology, animal biology, human metabolism and cellular biology.

Essentially this course will provide the fundamental skills and qualifications to progress to study a life science-based degree at university, with many successful learners completing the course gaining direct entry to year 3 of their chosen degree programmes. There may also be an opportunity to gain immediate employment in the life science industry too.

The course is full time, intensive, but highly rewarding. It is a challenging, yet supportive, environment in which to develop your scientific theory and understanding, along with the practical skills you need to support this theory. We will provide you with a range of online and in class delivery to maximise your learning experience.

We want you to be successful. Are you willing and able to commit to the course? Read on if this is the case.

What you will learn

Course units include:

You will build up an excellent understanding of a broad range of scientific concepts and skills, including:

  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Mathematics
  • Biochemistry
  • Dissertation writing.

You will also learn to perform a vast range of scientific techniques essential for industry and academia.

Entry requirements

  1. One higher at grade C from either Chemistry or Biology.
  2. National 5 (or equivalent) Maths, Chemistry, Biology and English
  3. If you have successfully completed all units on a NQ Applied Science L6 course, you would also meet the entry requirements.

Entry to the course will be based upon a competitive review of the applications.

To apply, you should now provide detailed information on relevant life, education and employment experience within your personal statement, in addition to demonstrating a genuine interest in the subject.

Tell us what experience you have in the subject already and about the subjects that interest you most.  What skills do you have that will make you a good student for the course and give examples of these skills? A successful application will contain all this information in your personal statement, so make sure you include all information that is relevant.

Your personal statement will be a significant factor in determining whether you are short listed for the programme. It is likely that if you are short listed, you will receive a formal interview either in person or on line.

Relevant work experience that you have will also be considered in your application.

If English is not your first language, you must have Higher ESOL at grade B or above.


Career Opportunities

You will also be able to apply for a variety of technical jobs within the science industry.  These include production technician, medical laboratory assistant, school technician and industrial science technician.

Future prospects

When you have achieved your HND, you will have the option to apply for 2nd or 3rd year of most science courses at all universities.  Graduates go on to study Biomedical Science, Forensics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology as well as many others. 

These courses will allow you to pursue many variable and exciting career paths such as environmental microbiologist, marine biologist, biomedical scientist, industrial production scientist and many more.

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