There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
Entry to Higher (SCQF Level 5)
25 Apr 2024
This tutor supported Distance Learning course is designed to allow you to progress to study Higher Biology at North East Scotland College.
On this programme you will be given access to interactive online learning materials which will include workbooks, narrated Powerpoints, videos and computer marked self-assessment tests. You will also have access to a tutor via live online sessions on four occasions during the programme.
There will also be an opportunity to submit a tutor-marked assessment to receive detailed personal feedback.
At the end of the unit, you will need to attend North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus to undertake the assessment. This is a written paper of 45 minutes duration. On successful completion of this assessment you will be awarded the SQA unit HT8P 45 Introductory Biology and be eligible to enrol on either the part-time Higher Biology or Higher Human Biology course (places permitting) at North East Scotland College.
You will gain a wide-ranging understanding of biology at SCQF Level 5, covering the following topics:
In this topic you will learn about the structure and function of animal, plant and microbial cells as well as the processes of diffusion and osmosis and the impacts these have on living cells. Furthermore, you will also learn about the structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids.
Here you will be introduced to the concept of respiration as the process by which cells obtain energy from food sources and photosynthesis as the process plants use to obtain energy from sunlight. You will also learn about the chemical reactions that require energy in the cell and discover the features of enzymes that enable them to catalyse these reactions.
This topic will cover the role of the digestive and cardiovascular systems in animal physiology. You will develop your knowledge of enzymes from Outcome 2 by investigating the role of enzymes in the digestive process. You will also learn about the structure of the digestive system and the key organs in the digestive process. You will be introduced to the structure of the heart, lungs and circulatory systems and how these relate to their function. Furthermore you will learn about the role of the circulatory system in the distribution of materials to all of the cells of the body.
You will learn about the concept of biodiversity within ecosystems. You will investigate the range of species that live within habitats and how that relates to the resources provided by different habitats. You will also learn about the concept of natural selection and evolution of species.
Everything you need to know before applying for this course.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
Your course may be free if you are not a full time student with NESCol and you are : in receipt of benefits; or care-experienced; or your household taxable income falls below defined levels.
Whether you wish to progress in your studies or enter the world of work, North East Scotland College has excellent progression opportunities, with links to eight universities across Scotland and great relationships with industry employers.
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