Higher National Certificate in Applied Biology

Higher National Certificate in Applied Biology

BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to provide specialist vocational programmes, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards. The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows progression direct into employment.

BTEC Higher Nationals offer a strong emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding in their sector. Learners are attracted to this strong vocational programme of study that meets their individual progression needs whether this is into employment or to further study on degree or professional courses.

The HNC Applied Biology provides student with a good conceptual understanding of the applied aspects of biology which are designed to prepare students for a career in applied biology fields. This is a one year course introduced at North East College to provide a progression route to the first year degree of a biologyica science degree, e.g BSc in Biomedical Science. However the qualification is broadly recognised and the fundamental nature of the modules studied mean that this qualification could also be used to enter science-based posts within the health sector.

HNC in Applied Biology subject areas include many topics Physiology, Pharmocology, Chemistry, Genetics offering a balance of practical skills and theory. 


Graduate may take up employment OR move on to the second year programme- Higher National Diploma in Applied Biology.OR Students who obtain an overall merit grade will gain a place on the majority of courses outlined in  Edexcel Degree Course Finder or universities below:


Semester 1

      1. Cell Biology
      2. Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways
      3. Physiology of Cellular Systems in Animals
      4. Molecular Biology and Genetics
Semester 2
    1. Analysis of Scientific Data and Information
    2. Workbased invesigation
    3. Industrial Microbiology
    4. Laboratory Techniques for Applied Biology

Programme information

      • Strart Date: 6th October, 2014
      • Delivery Method: Online live training and Classroom
      • Course Duration: 1 Years
      • Essential Requirement: Text books, Good internet service and a fast Computer network.
      • ECTS Credits: 60
      • Application Deadline:19 /09/2014
      • Fee per year: €2,850(EU) | €4,500(Non-EU)
      • Fee per Module: €380
      • Registration Fee: €300

Entry Requirements

    To be eligible to apply for a place on this programme, applicants must:

      1. Hold a Level 5 or a FETAC award at NFQ Level 6 or equivalent
      2. Leaving Certificate Award-5 Passes
      3. Completion of a recognised Access Programme (or equivalent).
      4. For those EU students who have not completed their education through the medium of English, IELTS of 5.5 score band or TOEFL equivalency, or Pearson Test of English General (PTE General)
      5. Mature students, those at the age of 23 or higher on January 1st of the year of the course of entry
      6. Managers with considerable experience but no formal qualifications may be considered, subject to interview and being able to demonstrate their ability to cope with the demands of the programme.

Career Opportunities

      • This programme offers a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding.
      • The Job readiness component in this programme are: The Personal and Professional Development unit gives learners an opportunity to get constant tutorials on CV preparation, job-seeking and interview skills and complete a mandatory 200 hours work placement.
      • Flexible training method will be used (blended learning) all training will be recorded and posted up on Moodle for students to access to re-enforce learning and also for students to access should they miss a class or become employed, this will ensure completion of the programme.
      • An opportunity to learn other Languages like French, German and Spanish up to Advance level. This will open more opportunities for participants.
      • Industry specific guest speakers from different companies will participate in the delivery of the programme. This will present an opportunity for students to network with industry professionals.