Biology

Staff:

Mr K Beagrie, PT

Miss S MacKay

Aims:

It is our aim that pupils will:

  1. Acquire a good knowledge and understanding of Biology and subsequently perform well in national qualifications.
  1. Gain the confidence and ability to tackle problems in a systematic manner in both practical and non-practical situations.
  1. Develop effective work/study habits, both in class and at home.
  1. Learn to handle results critically and to draw appropriate conclusions.
  1. Learn to present information neatly and concisely.
  1. Learn to carry out scientific procedures safely and to use apparatus correctly.
  1. Work co-operatively in small groups or individually.
  1. Become aware of the social, ecological and industrial impacts of Science in our society.
  1. Lay a foundation for future study.
  1. Enjoy, and make the most of their time in the department.

It is regarded as implicit that the department aims to provide, for all pupils, meaningful and stimulating courses, differentiated to challenge the most able and be supportive for the less able.

Courses

National 3 Biology

Entry Requirements: Level 3 developing in Science

Course Content:

Unit 1 – Cell Biology

Unit 2 – Multi-cellular Organisms

Unit 3 – Life on Earth

Assessment: There are three outcomes to cover, involving investigative skills, practical investigations and set questions as part of a Unit assessment

There is no external written exam.

Progression: Pupils would progress to the N4 Biology course in S4.

National 4 Biology

Entry Requirements: Level 3 secure in Science

Course Content:

Unit 1 – Cell Biology

Unit 2 – Multi-cellular Organisms

Unit 3 – Life on Earth

Assessment: There are three outcomes to cover, involving practical investigations, set questions as part of a Unit assessment, research projects and an added value unit.

There is no external written exam.

Progression: Pupils would progress to the N5 Biology course in S4.

National 5 Biology

Entry Requirements: Level 4 /National 4 Biology

Course Content:

Unit 1 – Cell Biology

Unit 2 – Multi-cellular Organisms

Unit 3 – Life on Earth

Assessment: There are three outcomes to cover, involving practical investigations, set questions as part of a unit assessment, research projects and an assignment.

There will also be an external written exam.

Progression: Pupils can progress to Higher Biology

Higher Biology

Entry Requirements: An A/B pass in National 5 Biology

Course Content:

Unit 1 – DNA and the Genome

Unit 2 – Metabolism and Survival

Unit 3 – Sustainability and Interdependence

Assessment: There are three outcomes to cover, involving practical investigations, End of unit assessments and a researching Biology assignment, The research assignment is a stand-alone unit and will be linked to content in units 1, 2 or 3. Pupils are required to produce a report of their findings, which is sat under exam conditions

There will be a written external exam.

Progression: Pupils can progress to Advanced Higher Biology

 

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