Applied Human Biology

Subject Intent: Why Applied Human Biology?

The Human Biology curriculum equips students with the scientific knowledge, understanding and practical skills to support progression into a range of job roles within health and medicine, such as carrying out a range of laboratory and scientific tests to support diagnosis and treatment of disease. There would also be opportunities to progress to job roles working directly with patients, measuring and evaluating particular organs and systems such as scientists working in cardiology.

A significant proportion of career opportunities in this sector are at degree level. When supported by other appropriate qualifications, the extended certificate in Human Biology will enable progression to higher education to a range of applied science programmes, such as biomedical science, life sciences and physiology.

What will I study?

Y12 Examined Unit:
  • Cells, tissues and biological molecules
  • Nervous system
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • Digestive and excretory systems
  • Cellular injury and repair
  • Diagnostic techniques
  • Immunity
  • Genetic disorders and diagnosis
Y12 Coursework Unit:
  • Practical microbiology and infectious disease
Y13 Examined Unit:
  • Human biology and health issues
Y13 Coursework Unit:
  • Human reproduction and fertility

What are lessons like in this subject?

Human Biology is ideal for you if you enjoy learning about human body systems, disease or have an interest in pursuing a career in healthcare or medical research. Human Biology develops key scientific skills to support progress to higher education or employment such as problem solving, organisation, research and analytical skills. The course is assessed using a mix of exams and coursework. Lessons are taught by teachers who are knowledgeable and have a passion for their subject. You will carry out investigations as part of the course and carry out independent research.

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Studying Human Biology has given me a deeper understanding of how the human body works. Studying the course has also given me a lot of applicable and transferable skills in everyday life. It has also improved my research techniques when completing coursework.

Oliver Joe Wood, De Lacy Academy

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