Higher Human Biology

Higher Human Biology
Entry Qualifications:
Students would normally be expected to have attained a Credit award (KU and PS) in Standard Grade Biology or Intermediate 2 grade B
Course content:
There are 3 units:
• Cell Function and Inheritance.
Enzymes, proteins, DNA, respiration, cell transport, defences against disease, chromosomes and genes, meiosis (cell division during gamete formation), monohybrid inheritance, mutation and genetic screening and counselling.
• The Continuation of Life.
Fertility, reproductive hormones, human birth, growth and development, transport of materials by blood and lymph, liver and kidney function and homeostasis (control of the body’s internal environment).
• Behaviour, Populations and Environment.
The structure and functions of the brain and nervous system, mechanism of memory, environmentally influenced behaviour, social behaviour and experience.
Assessment:
Students are required to pass three ends of unit assessments during the session, complete a prelim examination during the spring term and submit an investigation report. An overall Higher Human Biology award comprises three unit passes, an investigation report and satisfactory completion of a national SQA examination.
Homework:
Regular completion of homework assignments is essential to consolidate class work. Assignments include KU and PS questions, extended response writing and data interpretation. In addition students are expected to read over their notes and relevant sections of the text book regularly and learn their work thoroughly. Students have access to the pupil server in school and VLE (www.fronter.com/qahs) in school or at home as well as being provided with their own textbook to use throughout the year.
Progression:
Advanced Higher Biology. Use of the Higher as a qualification for entry into Further Education science courses HNC/HND/degree in the ‘caring professions’ medicine, nursing, teaching, social work, physiotherapy etc. Use of the Higher as part of a broad education.