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Biology Higher

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 6

Study mode Part time

Duration 42 weeks

Start date Aug 2024

Cost £357
(see funding options)

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Course overview

Biology Higher is a part-time course that allows candidates to develop a deeper understanding of the underlying themes of biology. The scale of topics ranges from molecular through to whole organism and beyond. Candidates will develop an understanding of DNA and how the structure of the genome leads to the basis of evolution and biodiversity. Genomics is studied as one of the major scientific advances in recent times. Metabolic pathways and their control are considered along with the conditions in which organisms survive and their means of coping with these. The interdependence and complex interactions between organisms are explored and sustainable food production, with the fundamental process of photosynthesis at its core, is investigated. These topics will prepare you for further education, training or employment in areas associated with life sciences.

Higher qualifications, accredited by the SQA, are typically studied at high school and college. These qualifications act as pathways to further study including university entry. Edinburgh College offers a selection of subjects at a Higher and Advanced Higher level on a part-time basis. You may choose to study up to two subjects. These courses are challenging and require the ability to study independently. 

What you will learn

Biology: DNA and the Genome

  • Structure of DNA
  • Replication of DNA
  • Gene Expression
  • Cellular Differentiation
  • The Structure of the Genome
  • Mutations
  • Evolution
  • Genomic Sequencing

Biology: Metabolism and Survival

  • Metabolic Pathways
  • Cellular Respiration
  • Metabolic Rate
  • Metabolism in Conformers and Regulators
  • Metabolism and Adverse Conditions
  • Environmental Control of Metabolism
  • Genetic Control of Metabolism


Biology: Sustainability and Interdependence

  • Food Supply Plant Growth and Productivity
  • Plant and Animal Breeding
  • Crop Protection
  • Animal Welfare
  • Symbiosis
  • Social Behaviour
  • Components of Biodiversity
  • Threats to Biodiversity

How the course is assessed

  • The course assessment determines the final grade and has two components. Both are marked externally by the SQA. The first component is 2 question papers of 40 minutes and 2hours 20 minutes. The second component is an assignment completed within 8 hours, which includes 2 hours for a report stage.

Number of days per week

  • Day class – 4 hours per week across 2 days (Monday and Wednesday)

 

    Entry requirements

    • National 5 at A/B in Biology (or equivalent).
    • National 5 at A/B/C in Mathematics (or equivalent). 
    • National 5 at A/B/C in English is recommended but not mandatory (or equivalent). 
    • Applicants should provide a strong personal statement in support of their application which includes the reason they chose to study Higher Biology.

    Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

    • You will be invited to an entry test if your qualifications are five years old or older. The entry test is based on content from the National 5 Biology course.

    English Proficiency Requirements

    IELTS 6.5

    Progression and Articulation Routes

    • This course can lead to further study at a university level 
    • This course can progress to further study at HNC/D level 

    Career options

    • Biological and biomedical sciences 
    • Health and food science 
    • Nursing 

    Study Options

    Campus Study mode Start date Duration Cost
    Sighthill Campus Part time 26/08/24 42 Weeks £357

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