Higher Human Biology (Course Code: C740 76)

SCQF Level 6 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Human Biology?

Human Biology has wide range of appeal and interest because of its relevance to people. The course is designed to enable you to develop an understanding of the way biological principles can be applied to many issues facing individuals and society today, such as health care and increasing population.

The skills you learn in Human Biology are useful in further study or careers in the life sciences.

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college, but you would normally be expected to have achieved:

What will I study?

This course aims to give you a deeper understanding of cellular processes, physiological mechanisms, communication between organisms, and the biology of populations as they apply to the human species.

The course consists of four compulsory units and the course assessment unit.

Human Biology: Human Cells (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Human Biology: Physiology and Health (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Human Biology: Neurobiology and Communication (3 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

 Human Biology: Immunology and Public Health (3 SCQF credit points)

How will I be assessed?

Course assessment (6 SCQF credit points)

The course assessment has two components:

The question paper will assess the breadth of your skills and knowledge acquired from across the course. The question paper will be set and marked by SQA.

The assignment will require you to investigate a relevant topic in human biology, support your findings and draw valid conclusions.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass all three units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.  

What can I go on to next?

Successful completion of this course may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Highers in a Nutshell - Human Biology (CfE Higher)