The course allows learners to develop a deeper understanding of the underlying themes of Biology: Evolution and Adaptation; Structure and Function; Genotype and Niche. Within each of the units, the scale of topics ranges from molecular through to whole organism and beyond. In addition to each unit, the most relevant applications of Biological understanding are highlighted.
National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications, accredited by the SQA, are typically studied at high school and college. These qualifications act as pathways to further study including university entry. Edinburgh College offers a selection of subjects at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level on a part-time basis. You may choose to study up to two subjects.
For classes taking place during the day you come to college twice a week for a two-hour class. For evening classes you come to college or an outreach location within the community once a week for a 3-hour class.
Course Fees: £268 (approx.) per subject. Fees will be confirmed when an application has been processed.
- Biology: DNA and the Genome -you will cover;
- the key areas of structure of DNA
- replication of DNA
- control of gene expression
- cellular differentiation
- the structure of the genome
- genomic sequencing.
- Biology: Metabolism and Survival - you will develop knowledge by;
- investigating the central metabolic pathways of ATP synthesis by respiration and how control of the pathways is essential to cell survival.
- Biology: Sustainability and Interdependence - you will develop knowledge by;
- investigating how humans depend on sufficient and sustainable food production from a narrow range of crop and livestock species focusing on photosynthesis in plants.
- The unit covers the key areas of;
- food supply plant growth and productivity
- plant and animal breeding
- crop protection
- animal welfare
- social behaviour
- mass extinction
How Course Is Assessed:
- To gain the award of the course the learner must pass all of the units as well as the course assessment. You will draw on and extend the skills you have learned during the course.
- These will be assessed within a question paper and an assignment requiring demonstration of the breadth of skills knowledge and understanding acquired from across the units in unfamiliar contexts and/or integrated ways.
Number of Days per week:
- Have recently gained an A or B in Biology at National 5 or Intermediate 2 level (or equivalent).
Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work at an appropriate level by having already achieved a pass at A or B in the level below which they are applying for.
- National 5 (SCQF 5) subjects - pass at National 4 (with added value unit), Intermediate 1 at A or B, or Standard Grade 3 or 4 in the subject.
- Higher (SCQF 6) subjects - A or B pass at National 5 or A or B at Intermediate 2 in the subject.
- Advanced Higher (SCQF 7) subjects - A or B pass at Higher
- For entry to social science subjects such as Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History and Politics previous study of the subject is not required. However, National 5 English is required plus another social subject at SCQF level 5.
The above represents the minimum entry requirements.
These courses are challenging and require the ability to study independently. Applicants should identify clearly the reason for studying their chosen subject in their course application.
English Proficiency Requirements:
Fees - Information about funding can be found here
Fee: £268 Sighthill part-time (year 1) Use our Funding Tool to assist you with financial support
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