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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent
  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4
  • 2 GCSE Sciences at grade 4 (including Biology if studied seperately)



Exam board: Edexcel (Pearson)

100%of students achieved success with 95% of students achieving a distinction or distinction star, (please note these results were based on the previous Applied Science (Biology) course under a different BTEC framework, no results for this course are avaliable at this time)

Biology is one of the most popular subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects.  BTEC is an established and highly successful, alternative qualification which is designed to provide learners with a more practical, real-world approach to learning together with specialist knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare them for employment or higher education.

Please note, The GCSE Applied Science or BTEC Level 2 Applied Science qualifications are not an acceptable entry qualification for this course. 



Course Units

The units that you will study on this course across the two years are:

  • Principles of Applied Human Biology 
  • Practical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Human Biology and Health Issues
  • Biomedical Science 

“This course has a great practical approach with plenty of opportunities to be creative with your work…it makes a great change from exams and essay writing”

Science Student
Biology Student

Biology Student

Methods of Teaching and Learning

The course is tutored by well-qualified Science specialists. The delivery of the course is through a mixture of theory lessons, practical work, independent study, group work and assignment research.  This course is suited to students who are well organized and can take responsibility for their own learning and meet deadlines.


We have an active Biomed group supporting students wishing to study health care related sciences. There are opportunities to attend specialist talks and masterclasses. Visits have included trips to the NHS Blood and Transplant Centre at Filton to see the work of specialist Lab. Technicians.

Methods of Assessment

The course is assessed via a mixture of coursework (42%) and exams (58%). 

“BTEC biology really helped me to become more organised…it is the best course out of my options”

Science Student

BTEC Applied Human Biology Virtual Open Event Presentation


The Science Curriculum Area has well-equipped laboratories serviced by a team of science technicians. All laboratories have computers linked to the College network and the internet. Students are able to use the College Learning Resource Centre (LRC) together with the extensive computer suites.  The LRC is well stocked with books, journals and has Internet facilities.


A BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Human Biology provides an opportunity for students to gain a nationally recognised qualification which will enable them to enter employment in a science-related area, or progress to Higher Education. Former students have progressed onto courses in Nursing, Sports Science, Sports Therapy, Conservation Biology, Animal Behavior, Occupational Therapy, Early Childhood and Health and Social Care.

Entry Requirements

2 GCSE Sciences at grade 4 or above (to include Biology, if studied separately). Maths and English at grade 4. The GCSE Applied Science or BTEC Level 2 Applied Science qualifications are not an acceptable entry qualification for this course.

Additional Costs

Enrichment trips will incur nominal costs to cover transport.

“Fantastic teaching; requires a lot of work outside of College but you will always receive outstanding guidance. If you put the effort in you will succeed and gain a brilliant qualification.”

Science Student