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Applied Human Biology

Curriculum Intent
Year 12 Curriculum Overview
Year 13 Curriculum Overview

Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Human Biology

This qualification offers a practical introduction to human biology and is designed to support progression to further study or employment in a health-related field. As part of the course, you will:

  • practise experimental scientific techniques and explore how they are applied in industry;
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of concepts in microbiology, disease and health;
  • plan and carry out a scientific investigations;
  • explore ways in which topical health-related issues are presented in the media;
  • investigate the role of human biologists and the different career pathways open to them.

Unit summary

The Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Human Biology consists of four units.

Units 1 and 2 are completed in year 12 and units 3 and 4 are completed in year 13.

Unit Title Assessment Type
Principles of Applied Human Biology External examination
Practical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Internal (centre assessed)
Human Biology and Health Issues External assignment
Optional Unit (e.g. Genetic Engineering or Human Reproduction and Fertilisation) Internal (centre assessed)

Course requirements

To be accepted onto the course you will need the following at GCSE:

  • English Language or English Literature at Grade 4 or above;
  • Mathematics at Grade 4 or above;
  • Combined Science at Grade 5, 5 or above or Biology at Grade 5 or above.