This qualification consists of three deliverable units with the mandatory external exam. We are delivering the qualification specifically for candidates who need to sit the external examination, not the units. If you require units only please ensure that you mention this on your application form.
We will use prelim examinations as part of the formative assessment processes. These are not normally used for any appeals procedure.
The examination is normally in May each year. This is set by SQA and you sit it at the same time as all students in Scotland.
Please note that this course will run for 2 evenings per week 6-8pm in semester 1 and 6-9pm in semester 2. This will give the adequate time to fully support you towards the final examination.
A full & detailed personal statement must be completed when applying.
The keys areas covered are:
division and differentiation in human cells, structure and replication of DNA, gene expression, mutations, human genomics, metabolic pathways, cellular respiration, energy systems in muscle cells.
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 (CVD), blood glucose levels and obesity
divisions of the nervous system and neural pathways, the cerebral cortex, memory, the cells of the nervous system and neurotransmitters at synapses, non-specific body defences, specific cellular defences against pathogens, immunisation, clinical trials of vaccines and drugs
Full details are available on the SQA website here https://www.sqa.org.uk/files_ccc/HigherCourseSpecHumanBiology.pdf
Human Biology is relevant to a number of career choices, in particular to Training & Employment careers paths in: