Human Biology Higher

What is special about this course?

Higher Human Biology is an excellent course if you are interested in accessing HNC’s and degree courses in Science or Nursing and are interested in the human body.

You will learn about cellular processes, reproduction, cardiovascular structure, function and diseases, functions and diseases neurobiology and immunology.

If studying the online route, you will be required to attend, a minimum of 5 times throughout the year to complete practical work, the remaining time will be through VLE and chat rooms.

Special features:

  • This course provides a great range of human biology topics covering cellular process, genetics, reproductive and cardiovascular systems and diseases as well immunology and neurobiology.
  • This provides a broad range of biology to allow a person to discover a particular interest in the biological sciences or provide a broad knowledge to progress into nursing/healthcare education.

Entry requirements

One National 5 subject or equivalent.

Applications are encouraged from mature students who do not possess formal qualifications but have the skills to meet the academic demands of the course.

Course content includes:

  • Human Cells
  • Physiology and Health
  • Neurobiology and immunology

You will also complete an end of year exam and written open book assignment.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities, practical sessions and placements will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • Part Time
  • Online

Online delivery: You will be required to attend a minimum of 5 times throughout the year. The remaining time will be through VLE and chat rooms.

Day class: maximum of 4 hours face to face teaching and VLE support.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Daytime: you will have a maximum of 4 hours face to face teaching a week. All course material is also accessible via VLE. The course runs from September to June

Online: you will be required to attend a minimum of 5 times throughout the year. The remaining time will be through VLE and chat rooms. 

Where can I study my course?

    • Moray College UHI

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The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Higher Human Biology can lead to careers in many fields including science, nursing or healthcare.

On successful completion of this Higher you can progress to study an HNC Applied Science or it can be combined with other Higher achievements to apply for a science degree course at Moray College UHI.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in 2021/22

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Moray College UHI. Moray College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.