The Edexcel BTEC Higher National qualifications in Applied Biology is designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment or for the progression of an undergraduate degree.

These transferable skills will enable students to meet changing circumstances such as a shift in their own sphere of employment, promotion to supervisory or management roles or from general changes in healthcare sector. The qualifications have been developed to meet the needs of the major functions in Applied Biology.

  • Duration : 18 Months (Full Time), 24 Months (Part Time)


  • Awarding Body: Pearson, UK


  • Intakes: February, October


  • Academic Year: 2019/2020

G.C.E. A/L three passes (Bio Stream) or any recognized foundation in Science or equivalent qualification with an acceptable standard in English.

  • The education and training of Biological Science who are employed at a professional level in a variety of types of laboratory work and in the other the related healthcare industry.


  • Providing opportunities for the students to achieve a nationally recognized level four vocationally specific qualification.


  • Providing opportunities for full-time learners to gain a nationally recognized vocationally specific qualification to enter employment as a laboratory technician or progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as a full or part-time degree in Bio Medical Science/ Medical Science or related area.


  • Providing opportunities for learners to focus on the development of the higher-level skills in a practical and management context.


  • Providing opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

The structure has been established using the Guidelines for Higher National Diploma Courses in Applied Biology set out by Pearson Edexcel/BTEC. The Courses have been designed for students seeking a quality education appropriate to the needs of the “Health Sector” at Edexcel/BTEC Higher National Level.

The Higher National Certificate in Applied Biology provides a specialist work-related program of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the health sector and offers specialist emphasis through the choice of specialist units.

Semester 1

Unit 1 – Cell Biology

Unit 2 – Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways

Unit 3 – Physiology of Cellular Systems of Animals

Unit 4 – Laboratory Techniques for Applied Biology

Semester 2

Unit 5 – Analysis of Scientific Data and Information

Unit 10 – Molecular Biology and Genetics

Unit 12 – Pharmacological Principles of Drug Actions

Unit 13 – The Immune Response System

Semester 3

Unit 14 – Infectious Diseases

Unit 15 – Medical Microbiology

Unit 22 – Chemistry for Applied Biologists

Unit 6 – Projects for Applied Science

Semester 4

Unit 26 – Quality Assurance and Quality Control

Unit 29 – Nanotechnology

Unit 33 – Employability Skills

Unit 34 – Pathology for Laboratory Scientists

  • Developing a range of skills and abilities, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and thereby enable learners to make an immediate contribution to employment at the appropriate professional level.


  • Preparing for a range of laboratory related careers.


  • Equipping individuals with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in the related industry.


  • Providing specialist studies relevant to individual vocations and professions in which learners are working or intend to seek employment in related industries.


  • Enabling progression to or count towards an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in Biomedical Science/Medical Science or any other related area.
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