Human Biology Higher

What is special about this course?

This is a one year, 30 week course, leading to the SQA external examination in May/June.

This course considers those aspects of science which have immediate relevance to the biology of the human species and the influence of humankind on the biological world.

Entry requirements

Entry to this Course is at the discretion of the centre. However, learners would normally be expected to have attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience:

National 5 Biology Course or relevant component Units

Human Cells  (6 SCQF credit points)
Physiology and Health (6 SCQF credit points)
Neurobiology and Communication  (3 SCQF credit points)
Immunology and Public Health  (3 SCQF credit points)

How will I study my course?

  • Evening

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Orkney, Kirkwall

Start date


This course is run as an Evening Class at Orkney College (currently on a Wednesday) from 6.00pm to 8.45pm. 


Full time

If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

Part time

Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Students can progress to study higher National programmes in Sciences, undergraduate courses at universities and institutes of further and higher education.

Subsequent careers include those in science-based industry, lab analysis, applied science industry and conservation management.

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I want to start in 2024/25

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Orkney College UHI. Orkney College UHI 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.