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Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC / Level 5 HND in Applied Biology South West College


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Course Overview

The HNC in Applied Biology prepares you for employment in the science industry and provides you with the opportunity to gain entry to relevant Degree programmes. The learning experience is a combination of laboratory based training, field work, theoretical knowledge and e-learning. The programme incorporates a number of talks by experts from the industry and includes visits to industries, laboratories and conservation areas. The teaching team are highly qualified, with industrial and research experience and some holding PhD degrees. The staff continually develop their professional skills by attending specialised training programmes. You are encouraged to take up work placement in hospital labs, civil service labs, industries and educational sectors. It is the responsibility of the student to organise this work placement.

Assessment Method

Assessment is continuous throughout the course with a combination of written assignments, practical tasks both in the laboratory and in the field, presentations and time constraint assignments. The assessment is criterion-referenced and all units will be individually graded as ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’. Both oral and written feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC / Level 5 HND in Applied Biology.

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

To be Confirmed


14 Sep


South West College

Dugnannon Campus,

Circular Road,



BT71 6BQ, Northern Ireland

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