Life and Health Sciences has been recently identified as a growth area to be prioritised within NI due to its ‘world class capabilities’. This one-year Level 4 course therefore aims to develop knowledge and understanding of core themes alongside the key skills necessary for higher study in the Life sciences or employment in the Applied Sciences. Through a varied and well-planned curriculum, delivered by knowledgeable and supportive staff, knowledge and understanding is developed through lectures, practical classes, group discussion and independent research. Cognitive (thinking) skills are developed through researching information, statistical analysis of results, effective communication, critical analysis, evaluation and self-evaluation. The course is designed to be practical at its core, and therefore applied skills are developed through practical laboratory classes, laboratory simulations, the analysis and interpretation of data, presentations and research. Transferable skills are crucial to your employability. This course aims to develop these skills through presentations, scientific writing, analysis and interpretation of results, group work, problem solving, research and critical evaluation; all of which will enhance personal development and career prospects.