Halesowen College

Applied Biology Halesowen College Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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This course comprises sixteen modules of study – eight at Level 4 and eight at Level 5 – all carrying 15 credits. Students have the option of studying full time over two years or part time (usually as part of an apprenticeship programme) over three or four years. Students undertake the HNC programme of modules at Level 4 (see HNC entry), before progressing to level 5.

All HND pathways all contain the following two level 5 compulsory modules:

Applied Sciences Research Project – 30 credits
Analysis of Scientific Data and Information – 15 credits
Specific additional compulsory modules at Level 5 are required for each pathway, together with optional modules to make up a credit attainment of 240.

Please note that every effort will be made to accommodate individual choices of optional modules, but the College cannot guarantee that every option will always be available.

For the Chemistry pathway, there are three additional compulsory modules at level 5:

Analytical Chemistry – 15 credits
Aromatic & Carbonyl Compounds – 15 credits
Solid State and Transition Metal Chemistry – 15 credits

Two optional Level 5 modules are also chosen from the following:

Science Laboratory Management – 15 credits
Nanomaterials & their Technology – 15 credits
Materials Life Cycle & the Circular Economy – 15 credits
Biochemistry of Macromolecules & Metabolic Pathways – 15 credits

For the Environmental Science pathway, there are three additional Level 5 compulsory modules:

Environmental Monitoring & Analysis – 15 credits
Conservation & Biodiversity – 15 credits
Materials Life Cycle & the Circular Economy – 15 credits

Two optional modules at Level 5 are also chosen from the following:

Science Laboratory Management – 15 credits
Nanomaterials & their Technology – 15 credits
Renewable Energy Resources & Technology – 15 credits

For the Polymer Science & Technology pathway, there are three additional Level 5 compulsory modules:

Polymer Processing & Manufacture – 15 credits
Polymer Materials and Properties – 15 credits
Polymer Testing – 15 credits

Two optional modules at Level 5 are also chosen from the following:

Science Laboratory Management – 15 credits
Nanomaterials & their Technology – 15 credits
Materials Life Cycle & the Circular Economy – 15 credits

For the Biology pathway, there are three additional Level 5 compulsory modules:

Immunology – 15 credits
Molecular Biology & Genetics – 15 credits
Biochemistry of Macromolecules & Metabolic Pathways – 15 credits

Two optional modules at Level 5 are also chosen from the following:

Science Laboratory Management – 15 credits
Environmental Monitoring & Analysis – 15 credits
Infectious Diseases & their Diagnosis – 15 credits
Nanomaterials & their Technology – 15 credits

You will engage in a range of learning and assessment activities and be encouraged to become effective and independent in researching and presenting work. Assessment is through practical and theoretical assignment activities, where there are between two and four assignments set per module of study. All assignment work is both assessed and quality assured within College, as well as being subject to quality assurance sampling by the Awarding Body.

Course details

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information

This is a top-up course from HNC to HND. Applicants are expected to have previously achieved the HNC in this subject.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £4,880 * Whole course
England £4,880 * Whole course
Northern Ireland £4,880 * Whole course
Scotland £4,880 * Whole course
Wales £4,880 * Whole course

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

An additional registration fee is payable.

Provider information

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Halesowen College
Whittingham Road
Halesowen
B63 3NA


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