This new course for students starting in September 2020 concentrates on the knowledge, skills and techniques found in real-life medical science situations.

It includes research, practical work and problem-solving and will build on scientific skills and knowledge of key ideas in Biology and Chemistry.

In addition to students being assessed via external examination, they will build a portfolio of work which will comprise a mixture of project work, practical assessment and individual research.


Applied Human Biology can be studied alongside a range of A levels or other BTEC level 3 courses.  It complements the skills needed in A level Chemistry and goes well with Health & Social Care and Sport/PE.


This BTEC Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A level in any of the separate Science subjects and can be used in the same way:

Students have progressed on to a variety of Science and non-Science related degree courses.

Science subjects have included: Paramedical Science, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, Nursing, Midwifery, Biomedical Science and Social and Sports Science.

Non-Science subjects have included: Teaching, Accountancy, Computing and many more!


The course is based on what Scientists do as a profession, rather than focusing only on separate academic subject areas.  It:

The BTEC Level 3 Applied Human Biology course is assessed via a combination of external assessment and coursework.  As they progress through the course students will produce a portfolio of work, and be assessed on practical assignments, project work and individual research.

The exam board for this course is Pearson BTEC.


All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme.

In addition, students will need the following minimum combination of GCSE grades:

Students will be successful on the course if they:

Students should enjoy practical work, be good at problem solving and enjoy working with numbers.  As this qualification involves a significant amount of portfolio work, students will need to meet regular deadlines throughout the year.


Entry Requirements: