HNC Applied Biological Sciences (Schools)

***PLEASE NOTE - only pupils who will be at school during session 2022/23 can apply for this course***

The HNC Applied Biological Sciences is a general science qualification intended for those wishing to find employment in the science industries or to progress to further study at HND level. It is a broad course providing students with knowledge and skills related to biological, chemical and physical sciences. Students will also develop a wide range of practical laboratory skills in addition to gaining an understanding of good laboratory practice.

  • Lab Skills for Science Industries
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Maths
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • NA and Genetics
  • Animal Plant Cell Culture
  • Human Body Structure and Function
  • Graded Unit

  • Research Scientist
  • Scientific Technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Protein Scientist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Process Engineer Analytical
  • Industrial Laboratory Technician

  • HND Applied Sciences
  • HND Applied Biological Sciences
  • HND Applied Chemical Sciences

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 into year 2 of the following degree programmes:

  • BSc Biochemistry (C700) - University of Aberdeen
  • BSc Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Biology) (J7DD) - University of Aberdeen
  • BSc Chemistry (F100) - University of Aberdeen
  • BSc Genetics (C400) - University of Aberdeen
  • BSc Genetics (Immunology)(C450) - University of Aberdeen
  • BSc Human Embryology & Developmental Biology (CC71) - University of Aberdeen
  • BSc Immunology (C552) - University of Aberdeen
  • BSc Immunology and Pharmacology (BC25) - University of Aberdeen
  • BSc Microbiology (C500) - University of Aberdeen
  • BSc Molecular Biology (CC74) - University of Aberdeen
  • BSc Pharmacology (B210) - University of Aberdeen
  • BSc Physiology (B120) - University of Aberdeen
  • BSc Sport and Exercise Science (C600) - University of Aberdeen
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science - Robert Gordon University
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science - Glasgow Caledonian
  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences - Glasgow Caledonian
  • BSc (Hons) Food Science - Glasgow Caledonian
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmacology - Glasgow Caledonian
  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition - Queen Margaret University

One of the following:

  • NC Applied Science
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Scientific Technologies and a further Higher at grade C or above
  • An appropriate group of National Qualification units
  • A minimum of two Highers at grade C or above (to include Biology or Chemistry) 

Additional Requirements:

  • Preference will be given to applicants with a strong science background


Falkirk Campus

Start date

29 August 2022

End date

09 June 2023

SCQF Level

Level 7