Applied Human Biology (BTEC) Level 3 National Extended Certificate   


Examination Board: Pearson 


Who should take the course?  


Biology is one of the most popular courses in the country, this course is designed to provide learners with an alternative more practical, real-world approach to studying biology post-16.  The course focuses on Human Biology so does not contain plant biology or Ecology based topics.  In addition, the course contains less maths and chemistry elements that an A level Biology route.


This course is an ideal subject combination for students who wish to study biological sciences or health related science at university or apprenticeship level.  It is also relevant for those students that want to gain employment in Early Childhood Studies or Health and Social care.


What will I learn?


Delivery of Applied Human Biology is through a mixture of theory lessons, practical work, independent study, group work and assignment research.  By studying Applied Human Biology you will learn how to carry out your own investigations using a variety of tests and techniques essential to laboratory practice.  You will complete a range of written reports, projects, practical assessments and presentations.


Over the course you will study four units:

Unit 1: Principles of Applied Human Biology

Unit 2: Practical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Unit 3: Human Biology and Health Issues

Unit 4: Functional Physiology


How will I be assessed?


Assessment is a combination of assignment-based tasks and formal examinations with the division of marks awarded coming from 42% coursework-based assessment and 58% written exam based assessment.


Where will it take me?


This qualification is an excellent preparation for many careers such as Nursing, Sports Science, Midwifery, Occupational Health and Health and Social Care.  In addition this course can lead to progression into allied health professions such as diagnostic and therapeutic radiography, paramedicine, dietetics and many other routes.