Higher National Diploma in APPLIED BIOLOGY

Higher National Diploma in Applied Biology

The HND 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 course has been introduced at North East College to provide a progression route to study medicine in New Castle university or 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.

HND in Applied Biology is especially designed for anybody interested in science and its practical application, particularly in health care or related research. If you want to open up a the pathway leading to Doctor of Medicine (MD) from recognised universities around the globe , a degree in Biomedical Sciences comes to the picture.

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


Successful completion of any of these courses may entitle graduate to progress to third year of Hons Degree in Science related programmes. See university list OR search Edexcel degree course finder here- Edexcel Degree Course Finder or

Some 1 year top-up degree related courses below:

  • Medicine and Surgery MB BS Honours
  • Bsc Biomedical Science



Semester 1

      1. Cell Biology(Mandatory Unit)
      2. Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways(Mandatory Unit)
      3. Physiology of Cellular Systems in Animals(Mandatory Unit)
      4. Laboratory Techniques for Applied Biology(Mandatory Unit)

Semester 2

    1. Analysis of Scientific Data and Information(Mandatory Unit)
    2. Workbased invesigation
    3. Industrial Microbiology
    4. Molecular Biology and Genetics

Semester 3

    1. Project for Applied Science
    2. The Immune Response System
    3. Laboratory Management
    4. Medicinal Chemistry

Semester 4

    1. Infectious Diseases
    2. Medical Microbiology
    3. Chemistry for applied biologist
    4. Pharmacological Principles of Drug Actions

Programme information

      • Strart Date: 6th October, 2014
      • Delivery Method: Online live training and Classroom
      • Course Duration: 2 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.