SCQF LEVEL 5 - National 5
This course has 3 units:
Unit 1: Cell Biology
The key areas covered are: cell structure; transport across cell membranes; DNA and the production of proteins; proteins; genetic engineering; respiration.
Unit 2: Multicellular Organisms
The key areas covered are: producing new cells; control and communication; reproduction; variation and inheritance; transport systems in plants and animals; absorption of materials.
Unit 3: Life on Earth
The key areas covered are: ecosystems; distribution of organisms; photosynthesis; energy in ecosystems; food production; evolution of species.
1 Year full time/
5 periods per week
Assignment (20% of final grade)
Plan, carry out and write-up an experiment (8 hours in total)
2 hours and 30 minutes
(Multiple choice and short answer questions)
Contribution to trips – approx. £4
WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?
wHAT WILL YOU EXPERIENCE?
Anyone with an interest in the living world should consider N5 Biology. As well as finding out about what’s going on inside our cells, you will learn about the workings of animals and plants as well as the environment around us.
In class you will participate in a range of learning activities, individually and in groups. There will be an emphasis on the application of knowledge and the development of problem-solving skills. Practical work will form an important part of the learning experience.
There is an annual field trip to Bennachie in June every year.
Everything you need to know before selecting this course
It would be useful if you had already achieved National 4 Biology OR had studied Chemistry or Physics at N5.
This course may be suitable for pupils that are studying Biology for the first time.
what will you get?
This course is graded A-D
The opportunities provided by this course will develop your: -
understanding of the living world in an engaging and enjoyable way.
analytical thinking skills.
ability to make reasoned evaluations.
ability to evaluate biological issues, assess risk, make informed decisions and develop an ethical view of complex issues.
communication, collaborative working and leadership skills.
ability to apply critical thinking in new and unfamiliar contexts to solve problems.
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.