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Applied Sciences (Biology) (Level 4 Higher National Certificate)

Pearson BTEC

Course Overview

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.
  • Start Date
    29 Aug 2022
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate Applied Sciences (Biology)
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 29/08/2022

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
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Course Modules

  • Anatomy and Human Physiology
  • Cell Biology
  • Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques (Pearson set assignment)
  • Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

48 UCAS points with at least a D grade or above in one science subject at A level or equivalent with a substantial portion of science within it. 5 GCSEs (A-C grades) or equivalent to include 2 C grades in science subjects and English (or Level 2 equivalent) and Maths (Please note: Essential Skills Level 2 application of number NOT accepted) OR Access Diploma with at least one science module – Pass of 45% and above. Interview Required

ROI Requirements

48 UCAS points or above to include 2 Higher Leaving Cert passes (Grade D/H6) in Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or equivalent) and OLC (Grade 04 or above) to include Maths, English and Science. Interview required.

Work Placement


What's Next?

Further Study

On successful completion, you may progress into a range of Life or Health science related degree programmes; on to the Foundation Degree in Applied and Medical Sciences; top-up to an HND in Applied Sciences or progress into employment.

Career Prospects

On successful completion, you may progress to a range of employment opportunities within the Life and Health Sciences sector to include: Pharmacy Technician, Dietetic Assistant, Cardiology Technician, Audiology Technician, Basic Level Pharmacology staff, School Technicians and Assistant grade Professionals.


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    The support I received from my lecturers at NWRC was incredible. They always pushed me to my full potential and gave me the confidence to open my own beauty salon.
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