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SRUC Scotland's Rural College

Bioscience

UCAS Code: 017D

Higher National Certificate - HNC

Entry requirements


A level

D,E

To preferably to include a science subject

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants should be able to offer National 5 (A-C) or equivalent pass in English (for literacy) and Maths (for numeracy).

Scottish Higher

C,C

To preferably to include a science subject

UCAS Tariff

40-42

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About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2021

The HNC Bioscience course has been developed to provide students with a strong foundation in biological knowledge and understanding together with training in the basic practical and laboratory techniques used by the bioscience industries. Core studies cover the theory and practice of cell biology, biochemistry and microbiology as well as a consideration of environmental issues and fundamental training in IT software use. This common core is combined with a range of optional modules, according to the stream of study and campus chosen.

The HNC Bioscience course provide an excellent first step in higher education for employment in the bioscience sector. It allows students to find out which aspects of biology they are most interested in, as well as the industrial applications of these subjects.

The course provides different pathways of study, so that students can develop their individual interests and abilities leading to a range of progressions and employment opportunities.

Modules

For students to graduate with HNC Bioscience, they must pass 12 units in total, 7.0 Mandatory and 5 Optional. For progression to year 2 of an HND or degree, passes in an additional 3 units are required i.e. 15 in total. All units are at SCQF level 7.

All students take the following Mandatory Units:
Bioscience: Graded Unit 1; Environmental Awareness; Information Technology: Applications Software 1;
Quality and Health & Safety Systems in Science Industries; Biochemistry: Theory and Practice; Microorganisms: Growth; Activity and Significance, Cell Biology: Theory and Practice.

In addition to the mandatory units above, students take different additional units according to the campus and stream of the course.

Agricultural Science stream (Ayr campus):
To achieve HNC Bioscience, candidates must also pass any 5 of the following Optional Units. Passes in all 8 units are required for progression to year 2 of HND Agricultural Science: Chemistry and Physics for Life Sciences; Biotechnology: An Introduction; Livestock Growth, Health and Welfare; Livestock Breeding; Livestock Physiology; Plant Physiology; Arable Crop Production; Soils and Crop Establishment.

Applied Bioscience stream (Ayr or Edinburgh campus):
To achieve HNC Bioscience, candidates must also pass any 5 of the following Optional Units. Passes in all 8 units are required for progression to year 2 of HND Applied Bioscience: Chemistry and Physics for Life Sciences; Biotechnology: An Introduction; Livestock Growth, Health and Welfare; Livestock Breeding; Livestock Physiology; Plant Physiology; Arable Crop Production; Animal and Plant Cell Culture: An Introduction.

Green Technology stream (Ayr campus)
To achieve HNC Bioscience, candidates must also pass any 5 of the following Optional Units. Passes in all 8 units are required for progression to year 2 of HND Green Technology: Chemistry and Physics for Life Sciences; Biotechnology: An Introduction; Plant Physiology; Soils and Crop Establishment; Arable Crop Production; Farm Power; Fundamentals of Landscape Surveying; Small Scale Rural Electrical Energy Systems.

Sustainable Land Use stream (Barony campus)
To achieve HNC Bioscience candidates must also pass the following 5 Optional Units:
Genetics; Biotechnology: An Introduction; Plant Physiology; Arable Crop Production; Soils and Crop Establishment. For progression to year 2 of BSc Sustainable Land Use: Food and Bioresources, passes in the following 3 Units are also required: Livestock Production Systems; Rural Land Use; Ecology and Ecosystems.

Applied Animal Science stream (Edinburgh campus)
To achieve HNC Bioscience, candidates must also pass any 5 of the following Optional Units. Passes in all 8 units are required for progression to year 2 of BSc Applied Animal Science: Livestock Physiology; Livestock Breeding; Animal and Plant Cell Culture; Chemistry and Physics for Life Sciences; Biotechnology: In Introduction. For progression to year 2 of BSc Applied Animal Science, passes in two of the following units are required: Animal Biology; Plant Growth and Development; Genetics; Plant Physiology.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed separately on a module by module basis using a combination of coursework, practical assessment, and written examinations. Coursework assessments are varied and include, for example, laboratory reports, practical investigations, case studies, essays, reports, oral presentations and group work assignments.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£6,950
per year
England
£6,950
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,950
per year
Scotland
£1,285
per year
Wales
£6,950
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

Ayr

Barony

Edinburgh

Department:

Animal and Biological Sciences

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