Higher Human Biology


Welcome to the Higher Human Biology webpage.  Here you will find links to lots of webpages and information that you may find useful in your revision of the course.  If you find any more, let us know and we will update our site!


SQA website


Remember that study clubs are running on the following nights for an hour after school, every week;

Mondays - Mr Martin

Thursdays - Miss Grant-Forsyth


Course Overview

Higher Human Biology

The course consists of two Units and two half Units whose contents are briefly described below. 

1. Human Cells – Cell division and cancer, structure and replication of DNA, gene expression and the role of genes in disease, human genomics, respiration and energy systems in muscle cells.  

2. Physiology and Health – reproduction, controlling fertility, ante- and postnatal screening, structure of blood vessels and the heart, cardio-vascular disease, diabetes and obesity.

3. Neurobiology and Communication (half Unit) – nervous system and memory, neural pathways and

    the effect of drugs, communication and social behaviour.

4. Immunology and Public Health (half Unit) – Non-specific and specific body defences to disease, the transmission and control of diseases, vaccination and immunisation programmes.

 Studying each Unit should allow pupils to develop their biological knowledge as well as their problem solving and practical skills.



At the end of each Unit, pupils sit a test which assesses their knowledge and understanding as well as their problem solving ability. Pupils must pass these tests in order to sit the final exam. Any pupil who fails a test will have the opportunity to take another test on the Unit, after appropriate revision.  

In order to gain a course award in Biology, pupils must sit an exam in May. This exam consists of one paper worth 100 marks.  Questions in the final exam are based on the work covered in all three Units. All pupils will sit a prelim exam in February as preparation for this final exam.

Pupils also have to complete an assignment in which they research a topic and then write a report on it. This is marked by the SQA and is worth 20 marks.  The final grade awarded is based on candidate performance in the exam and the assignment.



Pupils will be given regular homework, much of it based on Past Paper questions.


Entry Requirements

Fifth year pupils wishing to take this course should have obtained an A or B pass in National 5 Biology. Any pupil who has not got this qualification must discuss his or her reasons for attempting the course with Mr Forbes.

Sixth year pupils wishing to take this course should also have obtained an A or B pass in National 5 Biology. Pupils who have not studied Biology but have a Higher pass in a related Science subject, such as Chemistry, can also take this course. Any sixth year pupil who has doubts about his or her eligibility to do the course should discuss this with Mr Forbes.



Pupils who achieve Higher Human Biology may progress to Advanced Higher within the school.  A pass in Higher Human Biology can also lead to HNC, HND and degree level study in Biological Sciences and Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Radiography and Chiropody.   A pass in Higher Human Biology can also be used as an entry qualification to many general University and College courses.

 For further information contact Mr L. Forbes, PT of Biology.


Mr Forbes

Class HHBB (periods 1 and 2 on Monday) and HHBC (periods 1 and 2 on Tuesday)

4/11/15 - Complete  revision questions 1-11 on Human Cells 

29/9/11 - Complete the essay on Differentiation.

Monday 14th September (B) / Tuesday 15th September (C) - Physiology and Health Unit Test

1/9/15 - Complete Reproduction Homework Sheet 2

25/8/15 - Complete Reproduction Homework Sheet 1


Mrs Kennedy

Mr Martin



Mrs McMinn

Higher Human D Homework

Homework due Tuesday 29th March page 14- 18 Qu, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20.  Page 36-42, Questions 10, 11, 12 and 13.

Homework due Tuesday 19th April - entire 2015 past paper.

Unit 3 Neurobiology and Communication UASP will be on Monday 25th April.

HOMEWORK due Monday 14th March - Model Paper 2:  Section 2 - Qu 8 & 14.  Model Paper 3:  Section 2 - Qu 1, 2, 4 & 6.

Unit 4 - Immunology and Public Health TEST on Monday 22nd February.

Unit 1 Cells RESITS on Monday 15th February.

HOMEWORK due Monday 22nd February - Specimen Paper:  Section 2 Qu 11, 12 and 13.  Model Paper 3:  Section 2 Qu 12, 13 and 14.

For Thursday 21st January - Model Paper 2:  Section 1 - Qu 1-14, Section 2 - Qu 1-7

For Tuesday 5th January - Specimen Paper 2014 - Section 1: Qu1-12, Section 2: Qu 1-3 and 5-9



For Tuesday 8th December- Respiration homework: 2014 Specimen Qu B4, Model paper 2 Qu B5, Model paper 3 Qu B3.

For Tuesday 24th November - Questions 16-19 in the unit 1 Human Cells questions booklet.  Please do not write on the booklet!  And don't lose it either!

For Tuesday 10th November - Questions 5-15 in the unit 1 Human Cells questions booklet.  Please do not write on the booklet!


Higher Human Biology CfE

Higher Human Biology in a Nutshell


See your teacher if you need a username and password for Scholar.


Unit 2:  Physiology and Health


Menstrual Cycle animation

Another menstrual cycle animation

Video clip on Fertilisation and Artificial Insemination

Video clip on IVF and ICSI

Healthy Human Heart - BBC clip

Human blood circulation

Conducting system animation

Control of blood sugar animation

Click here for a useful website that covers what you need to know about blood glucose levels and Diabetes.


Unit 1:  Human Cells


1.  Division and differentiation in human cells

Click here for a useful website that discusses cell division and cancer.

2.  Structure and repliction of DNA

DNA replication explanation

DNA structure and replication Crash Course

3.  Gene Expression

Transcription and RNA splicing

Translation and post-translational modification

4.  Genes and proteins in health and disease

Gene mutations

Chromosome mutations 

5.  Human Genomics

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

6.  Metabolic Pathways

Anabolic vs Catabolic reactions

 Anabolic and catabolic reactions animation

 Unit 3 - Neurobiology and Communication

Unit 3 Matching Activity