HND Applied Biological Sciences - Year 2

Please note that due to COVID-19, this course will initially be delivered via a blended learning approach, which may include face-to-face learning in the classroom, remote learning off-campus and digital learning. When delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place.

This course brings together plant and animal biology as well as biotechnology industrial practices. There is a strong emphasis on the development of good laboratory skills through practical work, lectures and case studies.

  • Applied Sciences Graded Unit 2
  • DNA Molecular Techniques
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Immunological Techniques
  • Protein Structure and Function
  • Mathematics for Science
  • Animal Biology
  • Plant Biology
  • Quality and Health & Safety Systems in Science Industries
  • Animal and Plant Cell Culture: An Introduction
  • Applied Biological Sciences: Graded Unit 2
  • Mathematics for Science 1
  • Animal Biology
  • Plant Biology
  • Quality and Health & Safety Systems in Science Industries
  • Animal and Plant Cell Culture: An Introduction
  • Instrumental Techniques
  • Ecology and Ecosystems
  • Biotechnology: An Introduction

  • Research scientist
  • Scientific technician
  • Laboratory technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Haematologist
  • Virologist

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 3 of with the following degree programmes:

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Science - University of the West of Scotland
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience- University of the West of Scotland
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience with Forensic Investigation - University of the West of Scotland
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science - Abertay University
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Pharmacology - QMU
  • BSc (Hons) Human Biology - QMU
  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Food Science - QMU
  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition - QMU
  • BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences - Open University
  • BSc (Hons) Immunology/Immunology and Pharmacology/Pharmacology/Physiology - University of Aberdeen

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.

  • HNC in Applied Sciences (15 credits) or related discipline for entry into year 2
  • Applicants who do not meet this criteria, but have relevant experience or alternative qualifications will be considered

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

    30 August 2021

  • End date

    10 June 2022

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8