HNC Applied Science (Biological Science)

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This course provides practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers in a modern science industry; it prepares you for employment at technician or professional level in research and industrial laboratories, including NHS laboratories. Many students/prospective students use the HNC in Applied Sciences as a qualification for entry into university degree programmes.

This course specifically focuses on the Biological aspects that can be delivered as part of the HNC award. You will be taught a full 15 credit HNC at New College Lanarkshire allowing wider progression opportunities (see below).

The course is internally assessed using a variety of assessment methods including end-of-unit assessments, practical experiments, essays, oral presentations and laboratory reports.




  • Successful completion of either the NQ Level 6 Applied Science or NQ Level 6 Animal Biology and Conservation programmes along with a progressive reference.
  • Minimum of two Higher qualification passes, grade C or above in Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology plus minimum B grade passes in National 5 English and Mathematics.
  • Applicants that hold the FA in Scientific Technologies (SCQF level 6) with one other minimum C grade pass in higher Biology/Human Biology.
  • Students with relevant work/life experience in a laboratory setting will also be considered.


  • A full and detailed personal statement must be completed when applying.
  • A reference document shall be sent to you for this purpose once your application is processed.
  • Participation at an information session and interview forms part of the selection criteria

Units* will consist of:

  • Applied Biochemical Techniques
  • Fundamental Chemistry: Theory and Laboratory Skills
  • Laboratory Skills for Science Industries
  • Applied Science: Graded Unit 1
  • Cell Biology: Theory and Laboratory Skills
  • Biochemistry: Theory and Laboratory Skills
  • DNA and Genetics: Theory and Laboratory Skills
  • Human Body: Structure and Function
  • Mathematics for Science 1
  • Statistics for Science 1
  • Personal and Development Planning
  • Scientific Industries

* units are subject to annual review