Higher Human Biology

Higher Human Biology
The course content includes the following areas of human biology:
Human cells
The key areas covered are:
Division and differentiation in human cells
Structure and replication of DNA
Gene expression
Mutations
Human genomics
Metabolic pathways
Cellular respiration
Energy systems in muscle cells

Physiology and Health
The key areas covered are:
Gamete production and fertilisation
Hormonal control of reproduction
The biology of controlling fertility
Antenatal and postnatal screening
The structure and function of arteries, capillaries and veins
The structure and function of the heart
Pathology of cardiovascular disease (CVD)
Blood glucose levels and obesity

Neurobiology and Immunology
The key areas covered are:
Divisions of the nervous system and neural pathways
The cerebral cortex
Memory
The cells of the nervous system and neurotransmitters at synapses
Non-specific body defences
Specific cellular defences against pathogens
Immunisation
Clinical trials of vaccines and drugs

The Course Assessment has Three components
Question Paper Multiple Choice worth 25 marks
Question Paper 2 worth 95 marks
Assignment worth 20 marks, the assignment is done under exam conditions in school and sent to the SQA for marking.

Progression
Advanced Higher Biology
other qualifications in biology or related areas
further study, employment and/or training


Conditions of Award
The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.