HND Industrial Biotechnology

Biotechnology uses living organisms and systems to make products for a range of uses, including biofuels, agriculture and pharma products. This HND develops the study of biology, chemistry and process engineering in an industrial biotechnology context.

Course content includes:

Year 1

  • Laboratory Skills
  • Microbiology
  • Chemical Engineering Principles
  • Chemistry
  • Biotechnology: An Introduction

Year 2

  • Graded Unit Project
  • Animal and Plant Cell Culture
  • Immunology
  • Animal Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Process Operations

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Research Scientist
  • Process Operator

On successful completion of this course students may progress onto a related degree programme.

Forth Valley College has formal articulation links in place for entry onto year 3 of with the following degree programmes:

  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science - Glasgow Caledonian University
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science - University of the West of Scotland
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience with Forensic Investigation - University of the West of Scotland
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience and Zoology - University of the West of Scotland
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience - University of the West of Scotland
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry and Microbiology - University of Strathclyde
  • BSc (Hons) Immunology and Microbiology - University of Strathclyde
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmacology and Microbiology - University of Strathclyde
  • BSc (Hons) Microbiology - University of Strathclyde

Please note articulation links are subject to change and do not guarantee a place on any university course. Students can still apply for entry to year 1 or 2 of many of these degree programmes and should check with individual universities for more detail. Each institution will have specific entry requirements.

One of the following:

  • Two Highers (which could include Biology, Chemistry or Maths)
  • Successful completion of a relevant access course or an appropriate group of National Qualification units
  • Applicants who do not meet this criteria, but have relevant experience or alternative qualifications, will be considered


Additional Requirements:

  • Please note that selection will be made via a successful interview and group task
  • The selection session will also include a tour of the College and an opportunity to ask questions about the course

Further advice for full-time applicants:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email


  • Location

    Falkirk Campus

  • Attendance


  • Start date

    24 August 2020

  • End date

    11 June 2021

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8