Higher Human Biology
The Higher Human Biology course is constructed to articulate smoothly with the National 5 course at which pupils should have achieved a pass. It provides an obvious route to tertiary education but also contributes very positively to general biology education.
The course is made up of three 40 hour Units and as with all courses includes a further 40 hours to be used at the discretion of the school, for consolidation and preparation.
Cell function and Inheritance (H) covers the role of enzymes in cell metabolism, protein synthesis, energy transfer, cell transport, cellular response in defence and inheritance.
The Continuation of Life (H) covers reproduction, transport mechanisms, delivery of materials to cells, removal of materials from the blood and regulating mechanisms.
Behaviour, Populations and the environment (H) covers the nervous system and memory, behaviour, and population growth and the environment.
Course will utilise a range of teaching strategies, pupil notes, textbooks, DVD’s, computer packages/ websites and the Scholar programme. The pupils will be expected to make full use of the textbooks provided and will be encouraged to visit library resources and appropriate websites on a regular basis.
Homework will consist of completing notes begun in class, answering questions on the current unit and for revision, writing summaries, practise in essay writing and revising for unit tests and examinations. Homework will be issued by the teacher as appropriate to the pupil’s position in the unit and is expected to take up to approximately 3 hours per week but more time will be needed when examinations are closer, for revision and background reading.
To gain the award of this course, the pupil must achieve a pass in all component units of this course as well as the external assessment, which will provide the basis for grading the attainment in the course award. Pupils will have to write one report of an experimental activity per unit which will be internally assessed. Pupils will also sit a prelim. The SQA external assessment will take place in May /June.
Higher Human Biology often suits a candidate who does not require a broader knowledge of the subject. Those hoping to study and enter professions complementary to medicine such as radiology, physiotherapy, social work, psychology and dentistry find that this course is ideally suited to their needs. HNC, HND or degree level studies in biological sciences and medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, dietetics, radiography and chiropody are among some of the courses open to successful pupils.