Human Biology

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Human Biology

Course Tutor: Mrs H Capel

Course entry requirements: General BTEC requirements including two grade 5s at GCSE in Triple Science (one in Biology) or combined Science (Trilogy) AND a grade 5 in Maths and a grade 5 in English.

Course description

Mandatory units: (All units must be completed)

Unit 1: Principles of Applied Human Biology (Exam)

Unit 2: Practical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (Coursework)

Unit 3: Human Biology and Health Issues (Exam)

Optional units: (One unit must be completed)

Unit 4: Functional physiology


Two of the mandatory units will be assessed through written examinations.  Your first unit examination will take place in year 1 and your second unit in year 2.


Two units are coursework based and will be internally assessed. This will be completed during lessons and as homework. You will be expected to carry out most of your written coursework in your independent study time.

Meeting deadlines is a vital part of the course.

Post-18 Opportunities and Employment

This qualification offers routes into many different careers, including:

  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Social work
  • Care assistant
  • Early years practitioners
  • Primary school teachers
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Chiropractor
  • Dental Assistant
  • Psychiatrist
  • Sports Science


All of these career routes require further training.

If you would like more detailed information about the content of this course, please visit the Science curriculum page, where you will find curriculum maps for each year of study.

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