HND Applied Bioscience
Higher National qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers.
The HND in Applied Bioscience at SCQF level 8 develops knowledge, understanding and skills in biological sciences and their applications to the land-based industries, including the crop, livestock and environmental sectors.
Learners will develop underpinning knowledge of the biological and physical sciences and technology, and gain a wide range of scientific and practical laboratory skills — for example, in immunotechnology, DNA molecular technology and safe working practices.
They will also be able to specialise in areas such as applied crop science, applied animal science or environmental science.
This qualification is available through colleges, training providers and some universities. Typically, an HND takes two years.
Why deliver this qualification
Higher National qualifications have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.
The Unit-based structure supports flexibility. A Unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.
There is a wide choice of optional Units which will enable centres to offer courses tailored to meet local needs.
This HN provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).
Who does this qualification suit
The HND in Applied Bioscience is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:
- school leavers
- adult returners to education
- individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
- people who wish to start their own business
As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:
- an SVQ at Level 2 or 3 in a relevant area
- relevant work experience
- two Highers (SCQF level 6) or 1 ‘A’ level pass (SCQF level 7) to include Biology or Chemistry, plus English and Mathematics at Standard Grade at SCQF level 5/GCSE pass level or equivalent or a National Certificate Group Award or other qualification at SCQF level 5/6 in a related subject area such as Life Science, Applied Science, Biological Science, Science, Biotechnology, Science and Technology
Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, vocational qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable.
HND Applied Bioscience
The Applied Bioscience HND develops knowledge, understanding and skills in biological sciences and their applications to the land-based industries, including the crop, livestock and environmental sectors. Candidates will have the opportunity to develop: an awareness of safe working practices; underpinning knowledge of the biological and physical sciences and technology in the land-based industries and the environmental sector; scientific and practical laboratory skills, particularly in immunotechnology and DNA molecular technology; and knowledge and understanding of ecological and environmental issues. Find out more
The Applied Bioscience HND may provide opportunities to enter employment that leads to positions such as: laboratory technician; animal technician; quality control officer; grain quality technician; creamery technician; technical representative.
The HND Applied Bioscience can provide direct entry to Year 3 of BSc Applied Bioscience, or BSc Applied Animal Science, according to the second year optional Units chosen. There are other progression routes to biological science courses at other higher education establishments.
Higher National qualifications also provide the knowledge and understanding required for related Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs).
Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.
Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance
Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.
How to assess
Each individual Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for each Unit.
Ongoing course assessment will apply.
Assessment/e-assessment support packs are available for this qualification.
Where can you take this course?
Qualification content and delivery tools
Group Award Specification
Group Award code: G8WY 16 (240 SCQF credit points)
The HND in Applied Bioscience at SCQF level 8 consists of 23 mandatory Units (192 SCQF credit points) and 13 of optional Units (48 SCQF points) to select from.
For further information on the Units and structure of this qualification please refer to the Group Award Specification.