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HND Biomedical Sciences

HND Biomedical Sciences

Higher National qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers.

The HND in Biomedical Sciences at SCQF level 8 prepares learners for employment at technician or professional level in research and industrial laboratories, including NHS biomedical laboratories.

Learners develop a range of contemporary vocational skills relating to the use, support and development of systems in areas such as; biomedical pathology, biomedical investigations, immunology, microbiology, medicinal chemistry, biotechnology, therapeutics and diagnostics.

This qualification also provides the student with a sound academic basis for progression into accredited biomedical sciences degree courses. The course does this by giving the student the necessary competences to deal with a variety of biomedical science areas, such as: clinical chemistry, cytology, haematology, histology, immunology, microbiology/bacteriology, transfusion science, virology.

This qualification is available through colleges, training providers and some universities. Typically, an HND takes two years.

Why study this qualification

The HND Biomedical Sciences 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:

  • appropriate groupings of National Units
  • any two National Qualifications at Higher together with three Standard Grade passes at 3 or above
  • an SVQ at Level 2 or 3 in a relevant area
  • relevant work experience

Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, vocational qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable.

Employment and progression

Learners who achieve an HND Biomedical Sciences can provide progression to degree-level study. For example, the HND in Biomedical Sciences allows direct entry to most third year programmes.

Higher National qualifications also provide the knowledge and understanding required for related Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs).

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