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Applied Science (Biology)

Key Facts

Level 4
Wakefield City Campus
Start Date:
September, 2021
1 Year
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If you are interested in a career in health or in the science industries, the Level 4 HNC Diploma in Applied Science (Biology Pathway) will allow you to develop the skills, knowledge, understanding and personal qualities required to work in a biologically-based field, and will equip you to progress to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in applied biology or a related area.

Course Features
  • New science facilities

Course Structure

You will study 7 mandatory units as part of your qualification studying topics such as:

  • Lab techniques
  • Scientific data handling
  • Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences
  • Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Anatomy and Human Physiology

There are also 2 optional units to be chosen from:

  • Principles of Ecology
  • Managing Environmental Resources
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Sampling and Sample Preparation

You will also gain meaningful work experience in a laboratory setting in the local area to further develop your skills and apply them to the workplace.



Entry Requirements

You will have a passion for Science and particularly Biology. You should be highly motivated, determined and able to work either independently or as part of a team. 

  • 5 GCSEs at A* - C (or new grade 9-4), including English Language at grade C (or new grade 4), and Maths at grade C (or new grade 4) AND Core and Additional Science at grade C/C or 4/4, or separate sciences at grade 4/4/4
  • Minimum 64 UCAS points or a full level 3 qualification in a biology related subject, access to Higher education diploma and a satisfactory interview.

Fees & Funding

These fees relate to 2020/21

Tuition fee: £6,750 per year.

All eligible full-time Home and EU undergraduate students are entitled to apply for affordable Student Loans and Grants towards their tuition fees. For more information, please visit:

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

Course Costs Included in the fees


Course Costs Not Included in the Fees

The following costs should be used as a guide only.

Lab coat: The Science department can lend out lab coats as required. However, they can be purchased online for around £15 if preferred.

Printing and photocopying costs: There is no charge for course hand-outs, handbooks etc. Students will receive a printing credit of £10 per annum from the University Centre, after which students will have to pay for extra credits. 

Library overdue charges: Overdue charges apply to all library loans to encourage you to return any resources you borrow on time. 

Overdue charges are 5p per day per book. There is no charge for e-books rentals.

Graduation Ceremony: When you graduate, we will invite you to your graduation ceremony. It is free for you to attend, however, to take part you will need to pay to hire an academic robe to wear during the ceremony. Details can be found here:

Financial Support Information

The government provides financial assistance to help pay for tuition fees and to help with living costs. To find out more, visit the website at:

We have a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and to help we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course with us in September. To find out more, email:

For more information on any funding or money matter issues please contact the Financial Support Team. Get in touch on 01924 789283 or email:

Good News! Students progressing form Level 3 study at Wakefield College will be given a £500 loyalty bursary.

Students joining with A levels ABB or above will attract a £250 achievement bursary.

Wakefield College Level 3 students who have achieved above their calculated Target Grade for all subjects, and progress to HE study at Wakefield College will get an additional £500.

Bursaries and scholarships


Other Financial Support




Learners may progress to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in applied biology or a related area.


HNC Applied Science (Biology)