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.
Unit One: Principles of Applied Human Biology
Unit Two: Practical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Unit Three: Human Biology and Health Issues
Unit Seven: Biomedical Science
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.
Method of Assessment
Units Two and Seven are assessed by coursework assignments with multiple criteria to address.
Unit One is externally assessed with a formal exam in January of year 1.
Unit Three is also an externally assessed exam in January of year 2.
For both of the external exams there is the opportunity for students to improve grades by retaking the exams.
Visits have included trips to Filton for a tour of the NHSBT Blood Centre and the chance to see the work of specialist laboratory technicians. There are also a variety of talks from visiting speakers.
“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.”
“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.”
“It allows you to understand more about the world in general and the world of biology itself. It also prepares you for further education.”
“BTEC Human Biology really helped me to become more organised…it is the best course out of my options.”
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 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, midwifery, sports science, sports therapy, occupational therapy, early childhood and health and social care.