Applied Science (Biology) at City of Liverpool College University Centre - UCAS

Course summary

This one-year, full-time Higher National Certificate in Applied Sciences (Biology) provides students with practical laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge required for employment or further study in different science-related contexts. Links with industrial laboratories facilitate industry-related briefs and real scenarios that provide an opportunity for students to acquire professional work ethics, time planning skills and working within a professional science team. A variety of teaching methods are employed for the delivery of the course units. These include, tutorials, group work, research and presentations, practical experiments, visits, and ecological surveys. The different methods employed have been devised to promote students’ academic development and confidence as scientists. This is achieved through the development of not only practical and technical skills, but also through the development of mathematical, analytical, critical thinking and evaluative skills. On completion of this qualification, students may choose to continue their studies through the Higher National Diploma Applied Sciences (Biology) or progress their careers in the industry.


Modules studied: • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques • Scientific Data Handling Approaches • Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences • Sampling and Sample Preparation • Cell Biology • Work-based investigation • Fundamentals of Chemistry Optional Units are to be confirmed.

Assessment method

Assessment is in accordance with the current Assessment Regulations which operate within the Academic Framework. These are available for students to access via the VLE. It is the student's responsibility to be familiar with and understand these regulations as they apply to all forms of assessment included in the programme. Credit can only be awarded for assessed and demonstrated learning in relation to the learning outcomes of each module of study and the achievement of the standard required for award at each level. The methods of assessment to be used include research and presentation, reports and posters. Students will not be assessed by examination.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

It is expected that all applicants will hold relevant Level 2 maths and English qualifications equivalent to GCSE grade C/4 or above. Mature students: The University Centre welcomes applications from mature students who have relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements. Mature students (over 21) without formal qualifications may be accepted subject to satisfactory literacy and numeracy tests, work experience (if applicable) and a strong personal statement. Recognition of Prior Learning: Applicants may meet entry requirements through the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which awards academic credits through recognition of prior learning via work and other life experiences. Recognition of Prior Learning is either certificated (RPCL) through formal assessment, or Experiential (RPEL) via skills and knowledge developed through work and voluntary activities. Students should refer to the RPL Policy on the University Centre website:

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6700 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6700 Year 1
Scotland £6700 Year 1
Wales £6700 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Applied Science (Biology) at City of Liverpool College University Centre - UCAS