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Applied Human Biology


BTEC (Level 3) Extended Certificate (Single Award)

Applied human biology is designed to expand on biology concepts previously learnt and apply them into a range of new contexts. These include learning about the functioning of the human body, factors that effect these systems and the various treatments that have been developed. A wide range of skills will also be developed as you complete each unit. For example, problem solving, evaluations, practical skills and analysis not to mention organisation, resilience and independence.. Topics covered on this challenging course include the cardiac cycle, genetic influences, muscular, skeletal and the endocrine system to name a few. 

Course Outlines

Entry Requirements

BTEC (Level 3) Extended Certificate (Single Award)

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics, with Grade 4, 4 in GCSE Combined Science.

Course Units

Mandatory Units:

Unit 1: Principles of Applied Human Biology 

Unit 2: Practical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 

Unit 3: Human Biology and Health Issues

Optional Units:

Unit 4: Functional Physiology

Unit 5: Diseases, Disorders, Treatments and Therapies

Unit 6: Genetics and Genetic Engineering

Unit 7: Biomedical Science

Unit 8: Human Reproduction and Fertility


Most units in the sector are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification. This means that teachers set and assess the assignments that provide the final summative assessment of each unit. 

This assessment could be writing up the findings of their own research, using case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations, completing projects or demonstrating practical and technical skills using appropriate equipment and processes.

The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Applied Human Biology suite are:

· Examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome.

· Set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task

Future Opportunities

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to admission requirements of many relevant applied human biology/health science courses. When combined with other qualifications within a two-year study programme, such as AS/A Levels or a BTEC National Foundation Diploma or a BTEC National Diploma in a complementary sector, learners can progress into higher education, such as:

· BSc (Hons) in Occupational Health if taken alongside, for example, a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care

· BSc in Nursing or Midwifery if taken if taken alongside, for example, a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care

· BSc (Hons) in Sport Science if taken alongside, for example, a Pearson BTEC Level 3 in Sport

· BSc (Hons) in Nursing if taken alongside, for example, A Levels in Psychology and Sociology


Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with the specific higher education providers