Biology - S3/S4 Course

Biology – National 4 & 5

Content

Biology: Cell Biology

In this Unit, learners will develop knowledge and skills and carry out practical and other learning activities related to study and investigation of the cell. This will include cell structure and processes within cells, such as transport, photosynthesis and respiration, as well as DNA, protein and biotechnology.

Biology: Multicellular Organisms

Multicellular Organisms Learning Outcome

In this Unit, learners will develop knowledge, skills and carry out practical and other learning activities related to study and investigation of whole organisms. This will include a comparative approach to the study of plants and animals, through areas such as reproduction and inheritance, the need for transport within organisms, digestion and associated enzymes, control and communication, and health.

Biology: Life on Earth

In this Unit, learners will develop knowledge and skills and carry out practical and other learning activities related to the study and investigation of life on Earth. This will include world ecosystems, evolution, natural selection and competition, behaviour, biodiversity, decay, recycling, microorganisms, and ethical issues.

Biology: Added Value Unit (National 4)

In this Unit, learners will draw on and extend the skills they have learned from across the other Units, and demonstrate the breadth of knowledge and skills acquired, in unfamiliar contexts and/or integrated ways.

Assessment

To achieve the Biology (National 4) Course, learners must pass all of the required Units, including the Added Value Unit. National 4 Courses are not graded. 

To achieve the Biology (National 5) Course, learners must pass all of the required Units and the final exam.

Homework

Homework will be given on a regular basis to assist in learning. In addition, pupils are expected to prepare for end of topic tests and unit assessments. Pupils should spend approximately 1 hour on homework each week.

Skills useful to the course

The Course aims to:

  • develop scientific and analytical thinking skills in a biological context
  • develop understanding of biological issues
  • acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of biological concepts
  • develop understanding of relevant applications of biology in society

Value of the course

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. Biology affects everyone and aims to find solutions to many of the world’s problems. It explores the use of genetic modification to produce new plants and drugs, devising fertility treatments, curing genetic diseases, and developing new sources of food. The Course will be of interest and value to learners wishing to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of Biology.!

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