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Applied Science (Biology) — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Maths and Science

Course ID: 165810

Course Year: 22/23

Course Details

  • Higher National Certificate Level 4 qualification.
  • Access careers in biomedical diagnostics, nutrition, education, conservation and more.
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification.
  • Access support from our dedicated and passionate teaching team.
  • Utilise our outstanding facilities and resources.
  • Reach your full learning potential in our inclusive, friendly and respectful learning environment.

What to expect from the course

This one-year, full-time course in Applied Sciences provides students with practical laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge required for employment or further study in different science-related contexts. Students on the Biology pathway will study a mixture of core and specialist units.

A variety of teaching methods are employed for the delivery of the course units. These include, tutorials, group work, research and presentations, practical experiments, visits, and ecological surveys. The different methods employed have been devised to promote students' academic development and confidence as scientists. This is achieved through the development of not only practical and technical skills, but also through the development of mathematical, analytical, critical thinking and evaluative skills.

This programme is delivered through in-person teaching. Should government guidance or public heath advice change in-year, students will be able to continue their studies with a blend of in-person and remote learning, supported by additional safety measures on campus.

Modules studied:

  • 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
  • Optional Units - to be confirmed

Skills and Knowledge Developed:

The programme aims to:

  • Provide the appropriate knowledge and understanding required for the practice of biological science in the workplace
  • Deliver the professional and practical skills and competencies which are required to gain employment within the science industry
  • Develop technical, analytical, mathematical and evaluative skills
  • Develop skills in communication, team work, problem solving and ITC
  • Develop the students' self-awareness and self-evaluation, with the emphasis on health and safety in the workplace environment
  • Develop students as reflective practitioners, with an understanding of the need for the commitment to lifelong learning
  • Provide a suitable basis for the progression to level 5

Additional Costs

Students may be required to purchase their own materials for any specialist projects they undertake as part of the course.

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


Higher National Certificate in Applied Biology

Why study with us?

Within the scheme, there is opportunity for students to attain a level of professional practice. Strong links with industrial laboratories facilitate industry-related briefs and real scenarios that provide an opportunity for students to acquire professional work ethics, time planning skills and working within a professional science team. Learning is supported through a series of contextual visits.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

Although the emphasis of career development and employment through this nationally recognised course is clearly in the biological field, it is by no means exclusive as the many skills acquired may be applied to other areas such as commerce, management, teaching, etc. Direct progression on to a suitable HND or degree level study, or employment in the biological sciences is also possible.

Students may go on to careers in biomedical diagnostics, nutrition, laboratory analysis, research and development, ecological sciences, conservation, education and many other related areas.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

A suitable candidate will have a level 3 qualification or possess the equivalent of two A-level passes in the sciences - preferably biology and chemistry.

• Students need both GCSE English AND maths at grade C
• Non-standard entry students will always be considered and a variety of other life experiences can be taken into account
• Overseas students are considered on an individual basis
• We are looking for students with enthusiasm and a willingness to embrace new concepts and ideas

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

Fee for22/23 is 6568.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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