HND Programme

IBioIC has developed a range of educational programmes with its collaborative partners to meet the need of the biotechnology industry in Scotland and is delighted that Forth Valley College (Falkirk Campus), Glasgow Kelvin College and Glasgow Clyde College will be the first  further education colleges in Scotland to deliver the HND in Industrial Biotechnology.

The newly developed HND involves the study of the three disciplines that are crucial to biotechnology: biology, chemistry and engineering on either a full-time or part-time basis and involves two years of full time study. The HND Industrial Biotechnology (HNC Applied Sciences)  is suitable for a wide range of learners who have an interest in a career in the biotechnology industry including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects

During the first year of each college course students will study a range of units including Microbiology, Laboratory Skills and an Introduction to Biotechnology. Progression into year 2 of the HND in Industrial Biotechnology will lead to additional units of study including Process Operations, Animal and Plant Cell Culture and completion of a graded unit project. Throughout the two years students will have the opportunity to visit key Biotechnology industries in the local region, receive guest lectures from experts in the sector and may apply to participate in IBioIC's Annual Conference.


The HND will prepare students for employment in careers such as Science Laboratory Technician; Research Scientist; Process Operator and Production Scientist.
Alternatively, students may wish to progress to University entering into 2nd or 3rd year at relevant University degree courses throughout the country.

For full details on the course content and entry requirements, please visit the Forth Valley CollegeGlasgow Kelvin College and Glasgow Clyde College websites.

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