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Higher National Diploma in Applied Biology

Level 5

240 credits

Notes: Can be taken as a solo course or, for employed individuals, as part of a Government Funded Apprenticeship

Duration: 36 Months

Delivery: Remote

Style: Part Time

Apprenticeship Compatible: Yes


£ 15,000 per person

*Free when included in full Apprenticeship
*Discounts may apply, contact us


This qualification will provide you with the essential subject knowledge needed to progress successfully into further study or into the world of work and is ran over a duration of 36 months via online delivered sessions.  You will undertake a core of learning in Applied Science as well as the opportunity to specialise in your desired Science related pathway.

 The HND in Applied Biology covers the fundamental elements of biological systems including cell biology, immunology and infectious diseases, chemistry for biologists and is the first step towards obtaining a higher level qualification in Science.

The course is designed for those looking to progress into Science based roles or existing employees who would like to learn more about the theory behind what they do.



You are required to have a minimum of 2 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above in English and Maths. We will accept Level 2 equivalences for English and Maths in place of GCSEs.


Completion of the HNC in Applied Biology.


Completion of the L3 Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship or L3 Science Qualification

Full Description

A Higher National Diploma (HND) in Applied Biology in the UK is a vocational qualification that focuses on providing students with practical skills and knowledge in the field of chemistry, particularly emphasizing real-world applications. The specific content of the program may vary depending on the institution offering it, but here are some common topics and subjects you can expect to encounter in an HND in Applied Chemistry:

1. Inorganic Chemistry: This may cover the study of inorganic compounds, including the properties, reactions, and applications of various elements and compounds.

2. Organic Chemistry: Topics related to the structure, synthesis, and reactions of organic compounds are typically included.

3. Analytical Chemistry: You’ll learn techniques for chemical analysis, including spectroscopy, chromatography, and titration.

4. Physical Chemistry: This area may involve the study of thermodynamics, kinetics, and the physical properties of matter.

5. Laboratory Techniques: Practical skills are fundamental to an HND in Applied Chemistry. You’ll learn how to use scientific equipment, conduct experiments, and analyze data.

6. Chemical Analysis: This may involve the use of various analytical methods and instruments to determine the composition of chemical substances.

7. Environmental Chemistry: Topics related to the impact of chemicals on the environment and strategies for environmental management may be included.

8. Health and Safety: Given the laboratory environment, you’ll learn about health and safety regulations and best practices.

9. Quality Assurance and Control: Understanding quality control and assurance principles is important in chemical and industrial settings.

10. Scientific Investigation and Research: You’ll gain experience in designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions.

11. Industrial Chemistry: Some programs may explore applications of chemistry in industries like pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, and materials science.

12. Professional Development: Some HND programs include modules on personal and professional development to enhance employability skills.

13. Communication Skills: Effective communication, both written and oral, is essential in the field of chemistry.

The HND in Applied Chemistry typically spans two years as a full time course but is delivered over three years, part time, at The S&A Science Academy, and is considered a Level 5 qualification within the UK’s Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). It is designed to prepare students for careers in various sectors, including laboratory technology, quality control, chemical analysis, and chemical manufacturing. Successful completion of an HND can often lead to further educational opportunities, including the option to top up to a full bachelor’s degree if desired.

In Employment?

Interested in getting a formal qualification to help your career prospects?

You may be eligible to join a UK Government Funded Apprenticeship Programme.