Higher Human Biology

Course Content

This course is an in person course with weekly lecturer-led classes on campus to cover the course content, assessments and practical work. The course is designed to develop an understanding of a wide range of biological and molecular topics. These include: stem cells; differentiation in somatic and germline cells; the research and therapeutic value of stem cells; structure and replication of DNA; gene expression; metabolic pathways; cellular respiration; the transmission and control of infectious diseases; and human reproduction. Through these topics, learners will develop scientific research skills, analytical and evaluation skills and will be able to apply these skills through scientific communication.

Entry Requirements

National 5 (B grade) or Intermediate 2 (B grade) qualification in a Biology subject. Applicants will also be required to attend an interview, provide suitable references and may be asked to sit a short diagnostic test.

Method of Assessment

Learners will be assessed on course work, which will be submitted to SQA. Learners will also be assessed through the completion of an external exam.

Future Prospects

This qualification will enable access to HNC Applied Sciences or undergraduate programmes at university.

Course Overview
  • Study Type

    Part-Time Evening/Weekends

  • Campus

    Gardyne Campus

  • Start Date

    14 Aug 2024

  • SCQF Level


  • Duration

    35 Weeks

  • Subject Area

    National Qualifications

  • Course Fee


  • All course fees are reviewed annually, and subject to change. Published fees apply to the courses mode of delivery.
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