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Higher National Diploma in Applied Sciences (Environmental Sustainability)

Qualification Gained
Pearson Higher National Diploma in Applied Sciences (Environmental Sustainability)
Study Level
University, Level 5
2 years Full-time, 4 years Part-time
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
Full-time or Part-time
David Hockney Building


The Higher National Diploma in Applied Science in Environmental Sustainability covers topics such as principles of ecology and their applications, physiological adaptations of plants to environmental changes, environmental monitoring and analysis and biotechnology techniques.

  Key Info

In the Environmental Sustainability pathway, you study specialist topics such as, principles of ecology and their applications, physiological adaptations of plants to environmental changes, environmental monitoring and analysis and biotechnology techniques.

  • Lectures and Seminars
  • Laboratory Experimentation
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Guest speakers
  • Field trips
  • Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)

Stage 1 (total 120 credits):

  • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques*
  • Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques*
  • Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences (Pearson-set)*
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry#
  • Principles of Ecology and their Applications#
  • Physiological Adaptation of Plants to Environmental Changes#
  • Managing Environmental Resources/
  • Managing Scientific Projects/

*Mandatory units

#Mandatory Specialist units

/Centre Selected Specialist units

Stage 2 (total 120 credits):

  • Analysis of Scientific Data and Information*
  • Applied Sciences Research Project (Pearson-set)*
  • Biotechnology Techniques/
  • Environmental Monitoring and Analysis#
  • Conservation and Biodiversity#
  • Materials Life Cycle and the Circular Economy#
  • Specialist Scientific Techniques and Experimentation/

*Mandatory units

#Mandatory Specialist units

/Centre Selected Specialist units

For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Applied Sciences (or a related subject)
  • a GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject; this profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as Maths and English
  • other related Level 3 qualifications
  • an Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Related Work Experience
  • an International equivalent of the above

Please note that you may need to purchase a lab coat as part of our kit requirements.

Assessments may include elements of:

  • practical assessments;
  • portfolios of evidence;
  • in class’ tests;
  • lab work;
  • case studies;
  • examinations, both open and closed book;
  • reflective activities where you look back over your experiences, analyse them with the assistance of relevant theory and reflective tools, and learn from the experience;
  • online discussions that you have had with your peers, tutors and invited contributors to the programme;
  • oral and written reports;
  • journals, blogs and log books;
  • plans (e.g., action plans, plans for your group activities);
  • presentations; and
  • time-constrained tasks.

All written work related to assessments will be submitted via Turnitin to ensure
authentication of students’ work.

Although this course does not directly offer work experience, there are opportunities for you to undertake a work placement or work experience during your time studying on this course.

Additionally, Employability Skills such as team working and entrepreneurialism as well as practical hands-on skills have been built into the design of the learning aims and content. This gives you the opportunity to use relevant contexts, scenarios and materials to enable students to develop a portfolio of evidence demonstrating the breadth of their skills and knowledge in a way that equips them for employment.

Careers from our pathways include: Technician Scientist, Technician Scientist, Laboratory Technician, Research Technician, Quality Support Technician, Technologist Development Technician, Manufacturing Technician and Science Technician. You are able to complete a top up qualification to achieve a BSc at Bradford College (pending approval) or at other institutions.

Full-time: £8,000. Part-time: £600 per 15 credits.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.

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