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, neurobiology and immunology.

If studying the online route, you will be required to attend college a minimum of 2 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 as 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.

Please include in the personal statement of your application if you would like to study the day time class or the online delivery option.

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?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From August/September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course.
  • 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 college a minimum of 2 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.

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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.