Overview

Get answers to questions like why blood is red, how to grow bacteria and if chocolate is good for you with this HNC in Applied Biology, as you develop your knowledge and understanding of biological theories and build the skills needed to effectively apply them in a future scientific career.

Explore the key areas of Biology with units covering a range of topics, and get a solid grounding of the core concepts required for further study in a range of Bioscience disciplines.

With a significant practical element, the course allows you to develop your analytical, numerical and technical skills - all of which are valued by employers in this field! It’s delivered largely through combined lectures/seminars, workshops and tutorial sessions.

Location
St John's Campus
Attendance
Full Time
Duration
1 year
Start
September 2019
Helen Penketh has been a Biology Tutor for the past 2 years, having spent the previous 10 years as a senior laboratory technician for a major pharmaceutical company. Helen enjoys finding new ways to enthuse her students about biology, whilst keeping her lessons fun and informative.

Leanne Fitton is the Programme Lead for the HNC Applied Biology and is passionate about ensuring that students have the best possible experience whilst on the course. She has been a Biology Tutor for 5 years and has a keen interest in using technology to enhance learning. Her lessons are interactive and provide opportunities to develop both academic knowledge and employability skills.

• 48 UCAS points

• 3 GCSEs including English Language and Mathematics A* to C or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded

• Pass in Access to HE in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at level 3
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.• 80 UCAS tariff points from A2 or BTEC diploma in a relevant subject

• 3 GCSEs English Language and Mathematics A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded)

• Pass in Access to HE in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at level 3

Year 1: Analysis of Scientific Data and Information (15 credits)
Develop your knowledge of the mathematical and statistical techniques used in the analysis of scientific data, together with an understanding of the limitations in reporting results
Develop your knowledge of the mathematical and statistical techniques used in the analysis of scientific data, together with an understanding of the limitations in reporting results.


Year 1: Biochemistry of Macromolecules and Metabolic Pathways (15 credits)
Develop your practical skills and examine the chemical characteristics of amino acids, monosaccharides, nucleotides and fatty acids, as you expand your understanding of the structure and function of related biological macromolecules

Year 1: Cell Biology (15 credits)
Explore the structure of a cell and learn how the cell functions, divides, differentiates and adopts a position, in order to perform a specialist role in the multicellular organism, as well as developing the skills necessary for growing cells in culture.



Year 1: Human Health and Nutrition (15 credits)
Examine the fundamental role of nutrients in maintaining health in relation to the biological functioning of the body and specific individual requirements.

Year 1: Infectious Diseases (15 credits)
Focusing on infection and disease, use the dynamic relationship between micro-organism and host to examine infectious microbial strategies, and develop your skills in the diagnostic techniques used to identify pathogens.

Year 1: Laboratory Techniques for Applied Biology (15 credits)
Practice commonly used skills in practical biology, including microscopy, titration, spectroscopy, chromatography and use of aseptic technique.

Year 1: Medical Microbiology (15 credits)
Explore the theoretical and practical aspects of medical microbiology, bacterial isolation and identification, specimen collection and screening methodology.

Explore the theoretical and practical aspects of medical microbiology, bacterial isolation and identification, specimen collection and screening methodology

Year 1: Physiology of Cellular Systems in Animals (15 credits)
Understand the structure of the main physiological systems and how they function together to utilise nutrients and remove waste products effectively.
Understand the structure of the main physiological systems and how they function together to utilise nutrients and remove waste products effectively.

Your assessments are made of the following methods:

20% Presentations
10% Experiment Observation
40% Practical’s/Essays/Scientific Reporting
5% Project Work
15% Articles/Leaflets/Posters/Blogs
10% Portfolios

This course has a keen emphasis on developing practical skills, so there are several assessed practical’s that are compulsory.
This course can help you follow a rewarding career as a:

• Laboratory technician
• Laboratory assistant
• Scientific Officer

It also provides the foundations for future professional qualifications and employment in biomedical science, or in the healthcare sector such as Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy.


There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All of the books required for the course are available from the library. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print your assignments and other documents.

Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here.


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