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If you wish to study this course full-time you must apply through UCAS; UCAS Code B26S, Institution Code Y70.

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The Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Biological Sciences in Industry qualification has been 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. Units may include; Industrial Microbiology, Physiology of Cellular Systems in Animals, Industrial Chemistry and Quality Assurance and Quality Control.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry: A BTEC National Certificate/Diploma/Extended Diploma in a science-based discipline or equivalent.

Non-standard entry:

Applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the standard minimum entry requirements will be considered.

Duration and Attendance

19th September 2018 - 24th January 2020


HNC: Full-time - 18 months

HND: Full-time - 18 months

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 as it combines work-based learning with academic skills and research gathering. 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 their specific needs.

Course themes across the full programme (HNC and HND) include:

  • Cell biology
  • Laboratory techniques
  • Analysis of scientific data and information
  • Work-based investigation
  • Human health
  • Medical microbiology
  • Industrial chemistry

Assessment Methods

The format of the assessment will take a variety of forms including assignments, presentations, workplace logbook and some examined units. The qualification includes a work-based project enabling you to apply the theory and skills learnt on the course to a particular area of interest for you or your employer.


Successful completion of the HNC in Biological Sciences in Industry will enable you to enrol on to the HND Biological Sciences in Industry.

Progression onto a full-time or part-time degree is possible from either the HNC or HND, depending on your final grade outcomes and point of entry.

Course Fees

  Fee 2018/19 (starts) Fee 2019/20 (starts)
Part time £5750  TBC

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

How to Apply

You need to apply for this course through the UCAS website.

Contact Us

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

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