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Higher National Certificate - Applied Biology



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12 hours per week teaching over 2 days, with additional tutorial support and guidance



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What does this course involve?

During the HNC in Applied Biology, you will be taught a broad spectrum of biological units by tutors who are experts in their fields, ensuring that you achieve your full potential. Visiting specialists will also teach you the latest industrial standards. Small class sizes allow personal and individual support.

As a Level 4 qualification, this course is the first year of a university course. The programme builds on the fundamentals of Biology and scientific analysis and equips you with the laboratory techniques and the theoretical knowledge for further study.

Units may include:

• Cell Biology

• Physiology of Cellular Systems in Animals

• Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways

• Laboratory Techniques for Applied Biology

• Analysis of Scientific Data and Information

• Laboratory Management

• Medical Microbiology

• Employability Skills

The focus is on practical work and developing skills that will enhance your opportunities to gain relevant employment in the field of Applied Biology, as well as preparing you for a successful transition to university courses. With every assessment you will receive detailed feedback and a clear plan of how to continually improve.

The College is part of the Affiliation scheme with the Society of Biology, which means that you will also have plenty of opportunity to meet fellow students at events as well as access the very latest developments in the field.


What qualifications do I need?

An offer of a place on the Higher National Certificate is offered in terms of grades up to a certain number of UCAS tariff points. For example, a typical offer for entry to an HNC is 48 UCAS tariff points and you should possess or be working towards GCSE grades C and above in English and maths.

Entry to year two of the HND is via achievement of a Pass on the HNC. All applicants will be interviewed.


You will be required to complete assignments, projects/investigations (lab based), course work, examinations and presentations.

Fees & Costs

There is a standard course fee of £6,000 per year for UK students. For more information about financing your course visit, and for a range of helpful tools and guidance visit

All prices quoted are given as a guide, and may be subject to change. Eligible students may be able to get help with course related costs such a travel, equipment and childcare.

For more information please contact Support Services:

Broadstairs- 01843 605062 (or e-mail )


On successful completion you will be able to apply to join the second year of a Biology-related course at Canterbury Christ Church or University of Greenwich, or at another university, or proceed directly into employment in an industrial or academic Science laboratory. Past students have gone on to a host of different careers, including Biosciences, Ecology, Biomedical Science, Nursing, Midwifery and Radiography.

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  • Institution Code Name: CANT
  • Institution Code: C12
  • Campus Code: P (Discovery Park)
  • Course Code: CC10

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