Applied human biology

This qualification is intended for post-16 students wanting to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately employment, possibly in the health and health science sectors.

The qualification is equivalent in size to one A level, studied over two years.

Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 5 or above in both English and Mathematics and Grade 5 (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications. Science GCSE at Grade 5 or above is also required. Other related GCSE/Level 2 subjects may be considered. Guidance on acceptable related subjects can be provided by the Sixth Form Leadership Team.

Course Overview


Unit 1: Principles of applied human biology, including cells, tissues and biological molecules, body systems, immune response, genetics and health

Unit 2: Practical microbiology and infectious diseases

Unit 3: Human biology and health initiatives
You will also study one additional unit, which has been designed to support progression to applied human biology, health and health science courses in HE.

Functional physiology
Disease, disorders, treatments and therapies
Genetics and genetic engineering
Biomedical science
Human reproduction and fertility

The course consists of 8 units of which 2 mandatory units are externally assessed (58%) and the third mandatory unit along with the choice of one other optional unit are internally assessed pieces of course work (42%).

Progression and Careers

BSc in Nursing or Midwifery; BSc (Hons) in Occupational Health; BSc (Hons) in Sport Science.

You should always check the entry requirement for degree programmes at specific HE providers.

The requirements of the qualification will mean that you will develop transferable skills such as team working and an opportunity to concentrate over an extended period on your research and investigative techniques.

Where can I find out more?

Applied Science