HNC Applied Science (Biology)

London South Bank Technical College

Mode: Full-time

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Overview

Is this the course for you?

What food is good for you? Why is blood red? How is disease transmitted? How do animals reproduce? What molecules are in your food? How does the environment work? If you are asking questions like this and have a keen interest in biology, this course could be just for you.

This one-year Level 4 qualification in Biology is an advanced, technical qualification delivered in a supportive Technical College environment with contemporary facilities.

It provides practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers in a modern science industry; it prepares you for employment at technician or professional level in research and industrial laboratories, including NHS laboratories.

Gaining this industry-led qualification not only provides you with a direct route to Higher Education, including direct entry to some local university’s second year Bachelor of Science degrees, but also equips you with the specialised scientific knowledge and skills needed to fast-track your career progression in Biology and related disciplines such as health sciences.

Please note: this course is subject to final awarding body approval and validation. Please apply as normal here.

What makes LSBTC so unique?

Based at our revolutionary brand-new London South Bank Technical college (LSBTC) in Nine Elms in London’s buzzing Zone 1, a stimulating vocational and technical curriculum will be delivered in state-of-the-art facilities and learning spaces.

Bringing together students, apprentices, employers, industry experts and teachers, this new technical college offers work-based education for students, designed in partnership with businesses across London. You will be taught in a realistic work environment with access to industry-driven laboratories and digital learning spaces. It is hands-on learning, where other students become your co-workers on team-based projects.

In state of art laboratories, you get to perform experiments with real-world applications, using industry-standard equipment, and be taught how to scientifically analyse your results.

Visits to local projects and workplaces are integrated within the course, and students will be able to access some of London South Bank University’s facilities and benefit from studying in small groups in a supportive college environment.

What experience and skills will you gain?

The course will build sector-wide knowledge tied to practical skills in evidence-based practice, personal research, self-study, directed study and workplace learning and experience.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Lambeth College
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Lambeth College

Modules

You will study three core units:

  • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
  • Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques
  • Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences

And three specialised mandatory units:

  • Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Anatomy and Human Physiology

You will also study two further specialist units which could include

  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Microbiological Techniques

      Employability

      What to expect from your career

      You will develop your understanding of key concepts, principles, and practices in biology, alongside developing your independent, critical thinking skills through a mixture of group and individual work. By the end of the course, you will be equipped with the analytical skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress your career or study in biologically based industries.

      After successfully passing the Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Applied Sciences, you may wish to consider progressing a Higher National Diploma in Applied Biology or alternative courses at university. You may also consider one of London South Bank University’s degree courses (additional qualifications may be required).

      Typical salaries

      Facilities

      Teaching and learning

      How will you be assessed?

      Assessment is continuous throughout the course, with a combination of written assignments, external examination, practical tasks (both in the laboratory and in the field), presentations, 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.

      Entry requirements

      1. 5 GCSE qualifications at grade A*-C or 9-4 (to include Maths and English)

        and

      2. 2 A-Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant science subject

        or

        Relevant Level 3 vocational qualification in a science-based discipline:

        • Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science (MP) or Level 3 BTEC Diploma (120) in Applied Science (MP)
        • an Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
        • or an international equivalent of the above (NARIC confirmation).

        and

      3. related work experience

      All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.

      Course status

      • Accreditation and Course validation status

        This course is validated by London South Bank University. Applications are being accepted.

      How to apply

      Home/EU applicants

      Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
      Mode
      Full-time
      Duration
      1 year
      Start date
      September
      Application code
      5827
      Application method
      Mode
      Part-time
      Duration
      2 years
      Start date
      September
      Application code
      5828
      Application method

      Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

      Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

      International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

      See our admissions policy (PDF File 1,043 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 516 KB).

      Considering your application

      Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

      There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

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      Fees and funding

      Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

      Full-time

      Part-time

      HNC Applied Science (Biology) (Lambeth) (FT) - Year 1 FT External SEPT (Lambeth)

      The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
      UK fee: £7500International fee: £0
      AOS/LSBU code: 5827Session code: 1FX00

      HNC Applied Science (Biology) (Lambeth) (PT) - Year 1 PT External SEPT (Lambeth)

      The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
      UK fee: £3750International fee: £0
      AOS/LSBU code: 5828Session code: 1PX00
      Total course fee:
      UK £7500
      International £0

      The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

      See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 226 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 775 KB).

      We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations; read notices of PhD studentships.

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