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.

What goes well with this course?

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/PE. 


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: Physiotherapy, Paramedical Science, Sports Therapy, Nursing, Midwifery, Biomedical Science and Social and Sports Science. 

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

Course Content

Applied Science is based on what Scientists actually do in their jobs, in addition to their subject areas. It:

  • Concentrates on the knowledge, skills and techniques found in real life situations
  • Includes research, practical work and problem-solving
  • Builds up scientific skills and knowledge of key areas in Biology and Chemistry 

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits

Applied Science students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • Biomedical Science Journal Club
  • Operating Theatre Live
  • Trip to a Veterinary Lab
  • New Scientist Live

Activities Programme

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.

Work Experience

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.


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.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students will need the following minimum combination of GCSE grades:

  • Grade 4 in Biology or Chemistry, or Grade 4,4 in Combined Science and
  • Grade 4 in Maths
  • Grade 4 in a literate subject such as English or History

Students will be successful on the course if they:

  • Have a genuine interest in scientific ideas
  • Are interested in the application of Science
  • Enjoy a variety of different coursework types
  • Would welcome the opportunity to develop practical skills

Students should enjoy practical work, be good at problem solving and enjoy working with numbers. As this qualification involves a significant amount of portfolio work, students will need to meet regular deadlines throughout the year.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2020

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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