At S5/6 level there are a variety of courses on offer which accommodates a range of levels. We currently offer:
Pupils achieving a Science at National 4 level at the end of S4 can choose to progress to the National 5 course which offers a greater depth of study in the following areas: -
The Unit covers the key areas of: cell structure; transport across cell membranes; producing new cells; DNA and the production of proteins; proteins and enzymes; genetic engineering; photosynthesis and respiration.
The Unit covers the key areas of: cells, tissues and organs; stem cells and meristems; control and communication; reproduction; variation and inheritance; the need for transport; and effects of lifestyle choices on animal transport and exchange systems.
The Unit covers the key areas of: biodiversity and the distribution of life; energy in ecosystems; sampling techniques and measurement of abiotic and biotic factors; adaptation, natural selection and the evolution of species; and human impact on the environment.
The course provides a broad-based, integrated study of a range of biological topics which build on the concepts developed in the National 5 Biology courses. The course content considers those aspects of biological science which have more immediate relevance for the biology of the human species and the influence of humankind on the biological world.
The course provides a broad-based, integrated study of a wide range of biological topics which build on the concepts developed in both Higher Biology and Higher Human Biology. The content of the two mandatory units reflects the importance of cell and molecular biology and environmental biology as fundamental areas of science, which form the basis for study in applied fields of biology.
The study of biology at S5/6 level contributes to the candidate’s general and vocational education through the acquisition of relevant biological knowledge and skills, and to the development of the more general attitudes and abilities related to the processes of science.