• LevelLevel 3
  • Age group16-18
  • Duration2 years
  • Awarding bodyPearson


This course concentrates on the development of knowledge and understanding as well as essential practical and research skills relevant in applied human biology and health science areas. Covering topics such as biological molecules, the cardiovascular system, the endocrine system, detecting and managing disease and microbiology.

The optional unit allows the knowledge gained in year 1 to be developed and deepen the understanding of human body systems interacting in order to support body functions. From a cellular level, through to tissues and organs and organ systems.

Course Information

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01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Modules offered may vary.

Modules include:

  • 180 GLH – Equivalent to 0.5 of an A level
  • Principles of Applied Human Biology– External Exam (Mandatory Unit)
  • Practical Microbiology and Infectious Disease – Internal Assessment (Mandatory Unit)
    Year 2
  • 180 GLH – Top up to reach the equivalent of an A level
  • Human biology and health issues – External Assessment (Mandatory Unit)
  • Functional Physiology– Internal Assessment (Mandatory Unit)

On completion of all four unit’s students will leave with the equivalent of 1 A Level – BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Human Biology.


Entry requirements

  • 5 or more GCSEs (not equivalents) including English and maths at grade 5 or above.

There is an external examination in year one (1.5 hours), and an externally marked controlled assessment in year 2 and two internally assessed units, which are verified by the awarding body.

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Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.