SCQF LEVEL 6 - Higher

This course has 3 units.  In unit 1, Human Cells you will learn about cell types, the importance of DNA to cell processes and proteins, DNA technology, the control and regulation of metabolic pathways, cellular respiration and energy systems in muscle. 

In unit 2, Physiology and Health you will learn about hormonal control of reproduction, fertility and contraception AND the structure and function of the cardiovascular system and the diseases that affects it. 

In unit 3, Neurobiology and Immunology, you will learn about the brain and nervous system and memory with elements of psychology AND the biological basis of the immune system, immunisation and clinical trials of vaccines and drugs. 




1 Year full time/

6 periods per week








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If you are thinking about pursuing a career in healthcare, life sciences or sports science you would benefit from taking this course, but anyone with an interest in biology may choose to take it as, along with learning about the workings of your own body, this course is designed to enable you to develop an understanding of the way biology can be applied to issues facing individuals and society today, such as health care and an increasing population. 

In class you will participate in a range of learning activities, individually and in groups.  There will be an emphasis on the application of knowledge and the development of problem-solving skills.  Practical work will form part of the learning experience.  There will also be opportunity for trips to university-based workshops and lectures. 


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Candidates should have achieved the National 5 Biology course or equivalent qualifications (other Sciences at N5 or higher level) and/or experience prior to starting this course.   

N5 Maths or Applications of Maths is preferable 

It may be suitable for those wishing to study biology for the first time. 

what will you get?

The opportunity to develop the ability to think analytically, creatively and independently to make reasoned evaluations through a variety of approaches including practical activities, and to develop informed and ethical views of complex issues. 


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


The skills you learn in Human Biology are directly applicable to further studies and careers in the life sciences, healthcare and sport science, e.g. Biomedical Science, Dietetics, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Sport Veterinary 

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 


Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.

Jenny - S5

I chose Human Biology because I eventually want to be a doctor or a midwife and for me, human related topics were my favourite in the N5 course. Human biology provides a challenge, with calculations, definitions and complex processes but each topic is informative and interesting.  Unit 2 which is about physiology and health has been my favourite as the amount of processes in unit 1 can be confusing. Human biology is fun nonetheless!! 

Gemma - S6

I picked tis course because I failed higher biology last year and thought Human Bio would be more interesting to me.  Dissections and the structure of the lessons are what I enjoy.  I don’t like how it’s so fast paced as it’s hard to keep up and revise topics.  If you prefer the human aspect and anatomy over plants and the environmental parts of biology, I would recommend this course. 

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