Biology SCQF Level 6

Explore the science of our natural world.


Why take this course?

The Higher Biology Course offers a broad and up-to-date selection of concepts and ideas relevant to the central position of life science within our society. Learners develop a deeper understanding of the underlying themes of biology — evolution and adaptation; structure and function; genotype and niche — and the scale of topics ranges from molecular through to whole organism and beyond. Learners develop scientific inquiry and investigative skills, scientific analytical thinking and evaluation skills, and the ability to understand and use scientific literacy to communicate ideas and issues.

This course will prepare you to move onto further study at HN or Degree level.

What you will experience

You will explore biology through completion of the following units:

Biology: DNA and the Genome

The Unit covers the key areas of: structure of DNA; replication of DNA; control of gene expression; cellular differentiation; the structure of the genome; mutations; evolution; genomic sequencing.

Biology: Metabolism and Survival

The Unit covers the key areas of: metabolic pathways and their control; cellular respiration; metabolic rate; metabolism in conformers and regulators; metabolism and adverse conditions; environmental control of metabolism; genetic control of metabolism; ethical considerations in use of microorganisms, hazards and control of risks.

Biology: Sustainability and Interdependence

The Unit covers the key areas of: food supply, plant growth and productivity; plant and animal breeding; crop protection; animal welfare; symbiosis; social behaviour; mass extinction and biodiversity; threats to biodiversity.

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Key facts

Mode of study

Entry requirements

Students should have successfully completed Biology at National 5 or Intermediate 2 (grade B), or Standard Grade Credit level.

Please send evidence of these qualifications to our Student Advice Centre as evidence of meeting the entry requirements for this course. Please email evidence to enquiry@nescol.ac.uk.

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Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

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