SCQF LEVEL 4 - National 4

This course consists of 3 units.  in unit 1 Cell Biology you will learn about cell division and its role in growth and repair, DNA genes and chromosomes, Therapeutic uses of cells and controversial biological procedures, the properties of enzymes and microorganisms and their uses in industries and the process of respiration and the factors affecting it 

In unit 2 Multicellular organisms you will learn about sexual and asexual reproduction including their importance for species survival, propagating and growing plants, commercial use of plants, the effect of limiting factors on photosynthesis, genetic information, growth and development of different organisms and homeostasis (how the body responds to external conditions) 

In unit 3 You will learn how animal and plant species depend on each other, The impact of population growth and natural hazards on biodiversity, the nitrogen cycle,  fertilisers and their impact on the environment, adaptations for survival and how behaviour can be learned in response to a stimuli as well as how this impacts on the survival of the organism (and species) 


National 4


1 Year full time/

5 periods per week


Added Value Unit 

8 hours in total, of which a maximum of 2 hours is allowed for the report 


No Exam but to pass the course, all three unit assessments need to be passed and an added value unit completed and passed.  All are assessed internally 




Mrs Garratt 

Mrs Murray 

Mrs Rennie 

Miss Slattery 

Mr Skardhamar 



This course is ideal for those with an interest in biology or for those wishing to continue through the courses to National 5 and beyond. This course is designed to enable you to develop an understanding of the way biology can be applied to issues facing individuals and society today such as the demands of an increasing population has on natural resources.

In class you will participate in a range of learning activities both individually and in groups.  There will be an emphasis on gaining and applying knowledge as the development of problem solving skills.  Wherever possible practical work will underpin theory and form part of the learning experience.


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Candidates should have achieved Level 3 Biology or any other science qualification at National 4 or NPA at level 3 

It may be suitable for those wishing to study biology for the first time.

what will you get?

A National 4 in Biology

The opportunity to develop thinking skills, to apply knowledge and understanding to biological issues.  To develop informed and ethical views on complex issues .


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


The knowledge and skills you learn in Biology are directly applicable to further studies and careers in agriculture, forestry, the food and drinks industry, forensics, life sciences and health care. 

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 


Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.

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Meldrum Academy, Colpy Road, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, AB51 0NT