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 if studied over two years or an AS after one year.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Students are most likely to succeed if they have:

  • Five GCSEs at good grades and/or;
  • BTEC qualification(s) at Level 2;
  • Achievement in English and mathematics through GCSE or Functional Skills.

Subject Specific Requirements

Two Science GCSEs at Grade 4 or above.

What will I do?

  • Year 1 AS or equivalent
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

Year 2: A2 or equivalent


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 is assessed through exams, written coursework and practical investigations throughout the two years of study.


What careers would this be suitable for?

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
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