Biology Higher

What is special about this course?

The course allows candidates to develop deeper understanding of the underlying themes of biology. The scale of topics ranges from molecular through to whole organism and beyond. Candidates develop an understanding of DNA and how the structure of the genome leads to the basis of evolution and biodiversity. Genomics is studied as one of the major scientific advances in recent times. Metabolic pathways and their control are considered along with the conditions in which organisms survive and their means of coping with these. The interdependence and complex interactions between organisms is explored and sustainable food production, with the fundamental process of photosynthesis at its core, is investigated.

Entry requirements

Biology at SCQF level 5 is required. (National 5, Intermediate 2, standard grade or equivalent)

The course has three units. These are:

  • DNA and the Genome;
  • Metabolism and Survival; 
  • Sustainability and Interdependence

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

The method of teaching is face to face and considerable independent study outside of college is required.

How long will my course last?

1 Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

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Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of the course may help you to progress to full time science courses at Perth College UHI such as HNC Applied Science.

You may like to consider careers in laboratory science, healthcare industries such as nursing, dietetics, forensic science, biomedical science.

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We are no longer accepting applications for 2019/20

I want to start in 2020/21

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