Biological Sciences in Industry York College


Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

The qualification has been developed in conjuction with local employers and relevent professional organisations. Specification provision aims to include a variety of practical skills development, knowledge requirements and theoretical applications. Units may include; Industrial Microbiology, Physiology of Cellular Systems in Animals, Industrial Chemistry and Quality Assurance and Quality Control. The format of the assessment will take a variety of forms including assignments, presentations, workplace logbook and some examined units. The qualification includes a work-based project enabling you to apply the theory and skills learnt on the course to a particular area of interest for you or your employer.

This course is most suited for those who are currently working in a laboratory based environment or in a practical science related tole as it combines work-based learning with academic skills and research gathering. Those not currently working in a laboratory-based environment or a role involving the practical application of science should contact the College for an informal discussion about how the course may be tailored to meet their specific needs.

Course themes include:

  • Cell biology
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Analysis of scientific data and information
  • Work-based investigation
  • Human health
  • Medical microbiology
  • Industrial chemistry

  • Qualification

    Higher National Certificate - HNC

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    1.5 years

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code B26S
Institution code Y70
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Level 3 qualification in a science-based discipline or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5,750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5,750 Year 1
Scotland £5,750 Year 1
Wales £5,750 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please visit if you would like to study this course part time.