Applied Human Biology

What does the course involve?

Less Maths and Chemistry content than the A Level Biology course, with no plant biology or ecology-based topics – you will only cover Human Biology topics. You will concentrate on developing your knowledge and understanding as well as essential practical and research skills relevant in applied human biology and health science.

Course Outline

For this part coursework /part exam-based qualification (equivalent to one A Level) you will study three mandatory units:

  • 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
  • Unit 3: Human Biology and Health Issues.

You will also study one optional unit:

  • Unit 4: Functional Physiology – designed to support your progression to applied human biology, health and health science higher education courses.
Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 including Maths, English and Double Science.


The Extended Certificate in Human Biology is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to admission requirements of many relevant applied human biology/ health science courses. This course provides transferable knowledge and skills that will prepare you for progression to university. If you combine it with a Health and Social Care BTEC you could progress to an Occupational Health, Nursing or Midwifery career. If you combine it with a Sport BTEC you could progress to a Sport Science career. If you combine it with A Levels in Psychology and Sociology, for example, you could progress to Nursing.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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