Human Biology

Intent Statement

Science is a multi-faceted subject which encompasses numerous skill sets. Students learn:  

· Transferable skills such as scientific numeracy including collecting and displaying data, graphical skills and data analysis.  

· Investigative skills- promoting questioning and reasoning of the world around them.  

· To participate in debates around numerous ethical issues such as; genetic testing and cancer treatment. 

· Practical work deepens students understanding of the relevance of science through engaging activities and allowing students to apply their understanding and to broaden their general knowledge.  

· Science also offers opportunities to consolidate the whole school curriculum with cross links between many subjects including; geography, math, food sciences, PE and history.


Department Information

We deliver a Science curriculum for students aged 11-19 with practical Science at the core of our lessons. Students gain hands on experience and develop an appreciation and understanding of key concepts allowing them to develop a clearer understanding of the world around them. Science underpins the modern world from pioneering medical techniques, developing sanitary water and understanding the Physics needed to commandeer Space Exploration.

At Key Stage 5 we offer a range of post-16 qualifications to cater for a range of interests and abilities including A-level Biology, Chemistry, Physics and a BTEC in  and Human Biology.


BTEC National Extended Certificate in Human Biology

Exam board: BTEC (Year 1 National Certificate, Year 2 Extended Certificate)

Entry requirements: GCSE grade 4 in Science, English and Maths


Year 1 – 1 Exam and Coursework

Year 2 – Exam-based Task and Coursework

Skills gained

Knowledge and understanding of Human Biology provides the foundation for working in the Health and Health Science sectors. The sectors are wide-ranging, including, for example, Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health and Sciences including Life Sciences, Clinical Biomedical Sciences and Physiological Sciences. This course allows students to apply their knowledge of Biology to a range of scenarios using coursework and exams with a Healthcare focus.


Year 12 Year 13
Principles of Applied Human Biology, including Cells, Tissues and Biological Molecules, Body Systems, Immune Response, Genetics and Health Human Biology and Health Initiatives
Practical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases One optional unit from: Functional Physiology, Diseases, Disorders, Treatments and Therapies, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Biomedical Science,  Human Reproduction and Fertility


Learning Journey


Year 12 Learning Journey - Human Biology - Year 12.pdf
Year 13 Learning Journey - Human Biology - Year 13.pdf