Applied Human Biology

BTEC Level 3

This new course offers students the chance to further their studies of science that takes a different approach from the traditional A-level route. The extended certificate is the equivalent size to 1 A Level.

The National Extended Certificate in Applied Human Biology includes a range of practical laboratory experience and academic study.

To assist students in their studies and understanding of science in the wider world this course includes talks from industry professionals and visits to places of scientific interest and industry.

Examples of Career Paths

  • BSc (Hons) in Occupational Health if taken alongside, for example, a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and
  • BSc in Nursing or Midwifery if taken if taken alongside, for example, a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and 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
  • A range of Higher Apprenticeships

The BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Human Biology uses a combination of assessment styles to give students confidence that they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career.

Assessment Methods

  • Assignments: Set and marked by teachers are still the main form of assessment.
  • Tasks: provide students with work-based challenges in timed, realistic work conditions.
  • Written exams: Students create written answers to practical questions in exam conditions.

Unique Features

  • Trips to scientific industries
  • Variety of links to extracurricular lectures in Manchester and the surrounding areas
  • Career events
  • The opportunity to visit and use University laboratories

Core Units

  • Unit 1 (externally assessed exam) – Principles of Applied Human Biology
  • Unit 2 (internally assessed) – Practical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Unit 3 (externally assessed task) – Human Biology and Health Issues

You will also complete 1 optional unit from the following list which is internally assessed

  • Functional Physiology
  • Diseases, Disorders, Treatments and Therapies
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Biomedical Science
  • Human Reproduction and Fertility

Entry Requirements

To study Advanced Vocational qualifications, you must have achieved at least 5 GCSEs grade 4-9 including Maths.

You will also need to achieve 4s in your GCSE Combined Science or GCSE Biology.

We are an inclusive College and will consider all applications on a case by case basis at interview.