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Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Applied Sciences - Biology

Macclesfield College

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  • Qualification

    HNC - Higher National Certificate

  • Location

    Macclesfield College

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    33 weeks

Course summary


Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are designed to develop practical skills alongside specialist knowledge and understanding of the subject area. These qualifications have been well respected and recognised by employers and higher education institutions. The Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a Level 4 qualification which is equivalent to the first year of the Bachelor Degree. A HNC qualification can be studied by those in employment for professional development to enhance their career prospects or level 3, A-level and Access to Higher Education students can use this as an alternative path to gain higher education locally at lower cost.

The BTEC Higher National in Applied Biology has been developed to focus on equipping you with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to succeed in employment in biologically-based industries. This course will enable you to progress to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualifications in applied biology or related areas. This course provides specialist studies in biological science units enabling you to access to related industries while developing your skills and knowledge.

On successful completion of this course you can continue with employment or use the HNC as an entry to apply for other Higher Education qualifications e.g. HND or Bachelor Degree. You can apply to university to complete a degree in a related subject; entry to the degree may be at Year 2 dependent upon the university and degree programme. This qualification can also be used to support a job application within a related profession.

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Students will typically have one of the following: A BTEC Level 3 or other Level 3 qualification in a related subject with at least one merit in the final grade profile; A minimum of 2 A Levels with one in a related subject at grade C or above; Access to HE with relevant options; Extensive relevant work experience; Mature learners who have extensive work experience and/or professional qualifications in a related industry are welcome to apply and A* to C grade (Grade 9-4) in GCSE English and Maths strongly recommended. I


University information

Macclesfield College

  • Campus address

    Macclesfield College, Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 8LF, England

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