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Upon completion, you will be academically prepared and eligible to study on a range of Level 5/6 courses offered at Edinburgh College
Human Biology Higher is a part-time course designed to deepen your understanding of subjects such as Human Cells; Physiology and Health; Neurobiology and Immunology. Biology is the study of living organisms and aims to find solutions for many of the world’s problems. Biology qualifications will allow you to progress towards a career in science or onto further study.
Biology plays a crucial role in our everyday existence and due to advances in technologies this varied subject is now more exciting and relevant than ever. Our Science department offers you the opportunity to study in purpose-built laboratories. These will support the development of your general and specialist practical skills whilst enhancing your theoretical understanding of science.
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. The Higher Human Biology course is challenging and requires the ability to study independently.
Evening classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 18:00-21:00.
What you will learn
- Division and differentiation in human cells
- Structure and replication of DNA
- Gene expression
- Human genomics
- Metabolic pathways
- Cellular respiration
- Energy systems in muscle cells
Physiology and health
- Gamete production and fertilisation
- Hormonal control of reproduction
- The biology of controlling fertility
- Antenatal and postnatal screening
- The structure and function of arteries, capillaries and veins
- The structure and function of the heart
- Pathology of cardiovascular disease
- Blood glucose levels and obesity
Neurobiology and Immunology
- Divisions of the nervous system and neural pathways
- The cerebral cortex
- The cells of the nervous system and neurotransmitters at synapses
- Non-specific body defences
- Specific cellular defences against pathogens
- Clinical trials of vaccines and drugs
How the course is assessed
- You must complete a question paper in exam conditions
Number of days per week
- Evening class – 3 hours per week across 1 evening (Tuesday)
- 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 Human 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 RequirementsIELTS 6.5
Progression and Articulation Routes
- This course will provide progression to other qualifications in Biology or related areas as well as further study, employment and/or training
- You can progress to further study at university level by using this course in conjunction with others
- Biological and Biomedical sciences
- Science industries
- Nursing and Health care
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