Biology affects everyone and aims to find solutions to many of the world’s problems. Biology the study of living organisms plays a crucial role in our everyday existence and is an increasingly important subject in the modern world. Advances in technologies have made this varied subject more exciting and relevant than ever. An experimental and investigative approach is used to develop knowledge and understanding of biology concepts.
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: £275 (approx.) per subject. Fees will be confirmed when an application has been processed.
- Human Biology: Human Cells - you will develop your knowledge and understanding through studying stem cells differentiation in somatic and germline cells as well as examining the research and therapeutic value of stem cells and cancer cells.The unit covers the key areas of;
- division and differentiation in human cells
- structure and replication of DNA
- gene expression
- genes and proteins in health and disease
- human genomics
- metabolic pathways
- cellular respiration
- energy systems in muscle cells.
- Human Biology: Physiology and Health - you will develop your knowledge and understanding by focusing on the key areas of;
- the structure and function of reproductive organs and gametes and their role in fertilisation
- hormonal control of reproduction
- the biology of controlling fertility
- ante- 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 linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
- Human Biology: Neurobiology and Communication - you will develop your knowledge and understanding through the key areas of;
- divisions of the nervous system and parts of the brain
- perception and memory as storage retention and retrieval of information
- the cells of the nervous system and neurotransmitters at synapses
- communication and social behaviour.
- Human Biology: Immunology and Public Health - you will develop your knowledge and understanding through the key areas of;
- non-specific defences
- specific cellular defences
- the transmission and control of infectious diseases
- active immunisation and vaccination
- the evasion of specific immune responses by pathogens.
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.
- All units are internally assessed and this may be on a unit-by-unit basis or by combined assessment.
- For 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 which requires you to demonstrate the breadth of skills knowledge and understanding you have acquired from units in unfamiliar contexts and/or integrated ways.
Number of Days per week:
- National 5/Intermediate 2 at A/B in Biology and National 5/Intermediate 2 Maths at A/B plus National 5/Intermediate 2 at A/B in English may be desirable.
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:
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements:
- If appropriate you may be invited to sit a diagnostic test to assess your existing knowledge and suitability for the course.
- The course may be relevant if you have an interesting interests in fields such as science health food and agriculture nursing and medicine where the biology learned will be put to direct use.
- The course can also be used to gain entry to a Higher Education institution in conjunction with other relevant qualifications.
Fees - Information about funding can be found here
Fee: £260 Sighthill evening (year 1)
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