Human Biology BTEC Level 3

Course Overview

This course concentrates on the knowledge, skills and techniques found in real-life medical science situations. It includes research, practical work and problem-solving and will build on scientific skills and knowledge of key ideas in Biology and Chemistry.

In addition to students being assessed via external examination, they will build a portfolio of work which will comprise a mixture of project work, practical assessment and individual research.

Applied Human Biology can be studied alongside a range of A levels or other BTEC level 3 courses.  It complements the skills needed in A level Chemistry and goes well with Health & Social Care and Sport Science.


The course is based on what Scientists do as a profession, rather than focusing only on separate academic subject areas.  It:

  • Concentrates on the knowledge, skills and techniques found in Applied Biology

  • Includes research, practical work and problem-solving

  • Builds up scientific skills and knowledge of key areas in Biology and Chemistry

  • The BTEC Level 3 Applied Human Biology course is assessed via a combination of external assessment and coursework.  As they progress through the course students will produce a portfolio of work, and be assessed on practical assignments, project work and individual research. 

The exam board for this course is Pearson BTEC.


This BTEC Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A level in any of the separate Science subjects and can be used in the same way:

  • For university applications

  • To apply for further training or a job

  • Students have progressed on to a variety of Science and non-Science related degree courses.

Science subjects have included: Paramedic Science, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, Nursing, Midwifery, Biomedical Science and Social and Sports Science.

Non-Science subjects have included: Teaching, Accountancy, Computing and many more!


All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including Biology or Chemistry (or Combined Science), Maths and English. 

Students should also enjoy practical work, be good at problem solving and enjoy working with numbers.

As this course involves a significant amount of portfolio work, students will need to meet regular deadlines throughout the year so good time management is important.

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