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We are excited to announce the launch of a new Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Biological Sciences in Industry. This course is designed to run alongside the higher level apprenticeship for Laboratory Scientists, although it may be studied as a standalone qualification. It is expected that on successful completion of this course students will progress onto the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Biological Sciences in Industry that will follow on from this course.


We are hoping to run this course in 2018. Please contact the InfoZone on 01904 770770 for more details.

Entry requirements

GCSE or Level 2 Maths and English and one of the following:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Applied Science of at least 90 credits
  • 2 GCE A level passes including Biology
  • Other level 3 qualifications related to biology or biological science
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate received from an approved further education institution
  • Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in the biological science industry.

Duration and Attendance

You will study the course part-time for 18 months.

You will attend the course one day per week.

Programme Content

The course is most suited for those who are currently working in a laboratory based environment or in a practical science related role. The course brings together work-based learning with academic skills and research gathering. The course is a suitable academic qualification as part of the Higher Level Apprenticeship – Laboratory Scientist. Those not currently working in a laboratory based environment or a role involving the practical application of science should contact the college for an informal discussion about how the course may be tailored to meet specific needs.

The course will cover a range of subjects related to biology and a laboratory based workplace. Units will include:

  • Cell Biology
  • Laboratory Techniques for Applied Biology
  • Analysis of Scientific Data and Information
  • Work- based Investigation

The qualification is being developed in conjunction with local employers and relevant professional organisations. Specification provision aims to include a variety of practical skills development, knowledge requirements and theoretical applications. Final additional units are to be confirmed but may include:

  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Physiology of Cellular Systems in Animals
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control


The purpose of assessment is to ensure that effective learning has taken place of the content of each unit. Evidence of this learning, or the application of the learning, is required for each unit. The format of the assessment will take a variety of forms including: Assignments, presentations, workplace logbook and some examined units.


Learners studying the BTEC Level 4 HNC will be able to progress to the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Biological Sciences in Industry, which allows more specialisation and can lead on to a degree in Applied Sciences, Biological sciences or related subjects such as Forensics on successful completion of the HND.

Course Fees

  Fee 2017/18 (starts) Fee 2018/19 (starts)
Part time £5600 £5750

International Students should call the International team at York College on 01904 770425.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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