Applied Science (Biology)

HNC (BTEC)

This course is built around several practical units that allows students to use equipment present in industry and develop the skills required in the workplace, such as aseptic technique and chromatography.

This course is an ideal route for career progression for those already employed in industry. It is flexible around your current employment or lifestyle.

Type of study
Higher Education, Part-Time

– BTEC Level 3 MMP
– A Level grades CCC
– Access Level 3 Pass
– Relevant industry experience

The course runs for one day a week (Wednesday) over one academic year.

The units are:

  • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
  • Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques
  • Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences
  • Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Anatomy and Human Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Microbiology Techniques

The course is taught through a variety of methods including expositions, demonstrations, practical sessions, independent learning and research. Lectures include some with expert knowledge from industry.

You will have access to the facilities at South Downs Campus such as the library and other online and digital learning facilities. There will be opportunities to use state of the art equipment used in industry at other local facilities.

You will be assessed by a range of methods including: reports, essays, presentations, scientific investigations, practical demonstrations, observations and project placement assessment.

Work in the life science industry sector such as microbiology as a Laboratory Technician or Senior Technician. Progression on to a biological degree course.

We have links with a variety of companies, giving students access to real-life industry best practice and news.

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