Biology Higher

What is special about this course?

Biology is the study of living organisms  and it plays a crucial role in our everyday life, and is an increasingly important subject in the modern world. Biology affects everyone, and biologists work to find solutions to many of the world’s problems. Advances in technology have made biology more exciting and relevant than ever.

You will learn to think analytically, to research, problem solve and plan as you cover a variety of biology concepts.

Entry requirements

You should ideally have achieved a pass at National 5 or Intermediate 2 in Biology.

You will attend an interview.

The units covered in the course are:

Structure of DNA

  • replication of DNA
  • gene expression
  • cellular differentiation
  • the structure of the genome
  • mutations
  • evolution
  • genomic sequencing

Metabolism and survival

  • metabolic pathways
  • cellular respiration
  • metabolic rate
  • metabolism in conformers and regulators
  • metabolism and adverse conditions
  • environmental control of metabolism
  • genetic control of metabolism

Sustainability and interdependence

  • food supply, plant growth and productivity
  • plant and animal breeding
  • crop protection
  • animal welfare
  • symbiosis
  • social behaviour
  • components of biodiversity
  • threats to biodiversity




How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

This course is available in all of our college centres using blended learning: a combination of video conferencing and virtual learning environments. Our experienced college centre staff will support you.

How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed through ongoing class work and a final SQA external exam in April/May.

How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

This course is part time and is delivered in all our college centres (using networked learning), on Monday evenings from 6-9pm.

Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Broadford
    • Fort William
    • Gairloch
    • Kilchoan
    • Kinlochleven
    • Mallaig
    • Portree
    • Strontian
    • Ullapool

Start date





A Fee Waiver or funding of up to £200 could be available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances.

This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits.

You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

Please contact your local college centre for more information about eligibility, or call us on 01397 874000.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course students could follow a number of different paths

Path 1  Nursing or the Medical Profession

  • Access to nursing
  • Nurse degree with other suitable highers.

Path 2    Environmental Sector

  • Higher Environmental Science
  • Waste Management
  • Marine Biology

Path 3     Further Biology  Study

  • HNC and Degrees in Biological Disciplines

Path 4     Biotechnology

  • Detergent Science

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Apply for Biology Higher

I want to start in 2020/21

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.