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Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Applied Biology

HND Full-time 2 years

The biological sciences are a vast and endlessly fascinating area – this course provides an in-depth education in the molecular cellular and genetic activities of micro-organisms, plants and animals.

The biological sciences are a vast and endlessly fascinating area – this course provides an in-depth education in the molecular cellular and genetic activities of micro-organisms, plants and animals.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code 62C2
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award HND
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Why choose this course?

The biological sciences are a vast and endlessly fascinating area – this course provides an in-depth education in the molecular cellular and genetic activities of micro-organisms, plants and animals.

With an emphasis on the applied aspects of the subject area, the course integrates technical, practical, problem solving and career relevant aspects of the award. Technical competence is an important aspect of the award hence you will be provided with ample opportunity to undertake hands-on experiments and computer based exercises which not only underpin theory, but also provide technical training.
Integrated throughout the course at all levels are transferable skills which range from written and oral communication to career and time management, together with numeracy and scientific writing. These skills will assist your studies and are valued by employers.
The award is technically supported by a full range of analytical equipment for the analysis of biological materials and for the investigation of microorganisms, plants and animals.
This HND Course is designed to offer a broad understanding of the subject which with either provide you with opportunities to work at the technical level in the are of the biological sciences or will offer you the opportunity to progress to one of a number of specialist degree courses (depending on the modules chosen).

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What happens on the course?

The emphasis throughout the course will be on the applied nature of the study of the biological sciences in terms of how fundamental knowledge can be applied to tangible vocational situations and problems, together with the acquisition of practical and generic skills.

The intention of this approach will be to prepare students for their chosen career in any of the varied career options made available.
 
To achieve this the award is structured to enable challenges to apply information effectively, to work in teams, to gain actual industrial experience, to learn from the experiences of professionals, to acquire technical competence and to develop generic and time management skills.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

 

As a diplomate of HND Applied Biology you will have gained practical and theoretical experience of a core of biology, coupled with the ability to start to specialise in an area within biology, such as microbiology or biochemistry. As a result many diplomates use their biological science skills and knowledge to enter into employment with a range of organizations in both the public or private sectors. Thus, you could find yourself working for a range of companies in areas such as pharmaceutical development, water and waste treatment companies, biotechnology, diagnosis and bioplastics.
HND qualifications are widely recognised in the scientific establishment as vocational courses which prepare students for vocational employment. As such, the skills provided in the course will provide opportunities in the technical disciplines at technician level.
This two-year full-time course is designed to facilitate transfer between this and a range of biology-based degree courses at the end of both year 1 and the completion of this course.  You can transfer onto the following BSc honours courses:  BSc Biochemistry BSc Applied Biological Science, BSc Applied Microbiology, BSc Biotechnology and BSc Genetics and Molecular Biology.
 
 HND qualifications are widely recognised in the scientific establishment as vocational courses which prepare students for vocational employment. As such, the skills provided in the course will provide opportunities in the technical disciplines at technician level.
 
This course is designed to articulate and progress seamlessly to the appropriate BSc (Hons) degree.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

 

The emphasis throughout the course will be on the applied nature of the study of the biological sciences in terms of how fundamental knowledge can be applied to tangible vocational situations and problems, together with the acquisition of practical and generic skills. The intention of this approach will be to prepare students for their chosen career in any of the varied career options made available.
 
To achieve this the award is structured to enable challenges to apply information effectively, to work in teams, to gain actual industrial experience, to learn from the experiences of professionals, to acquire technical competence and to develop generic and time management skills.

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the biological relationships between the structure and activity of biomolecules and genetic organisation with the form and function of living organisms
  2. perform molecular, cellular and biochemical techniques relevant to the study of biology, including microorganisms, plants and animal cells
  3. participate in the development of science, to initiate theories, gather and formulate scientific information, reliably collate and analyse data, apply appropriate statistical tests, debate and draw conclusions
  4. use knowledge acquired to understand molecular biology and genetics, together with microbiological applications in industry, including where appropriate social and ethical considerations
  5. emphasise the employability aspects of the biological sciences

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £8600 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry

  • 32 UCAS Points
  • EE from A Levels or equivalent to include a Science subject preferably Biology.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science grade PP or BTEC Level Subsidiary Diploma grade M.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma requires 60 credits overall, 45 credits at Level 3 to include at least 18 Science credits.
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages



You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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