Biology

Biology is the study of life and living things. We study the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution of living organisms and their relationships with the environment. Biologist play a vital role in discovering and creating new medicines, diagnosing and treating diseases, improving agriculture systems, working in conservation to ensure species survival as well as in a variety of other specialties. The course is a broad and up-to-date selection of concepts and ideas relevant to the central position of life science within our society. An experimental and investigative approach is used to develop knowledge and understanding of key areas of biology. Scientific inquiry and investigation skills are developed through a range of topics from molecular through to whole organism and beyond.

National Biology

Students can access resources including homeworks, summary notes and past papers using the link below:

National 5 Website

The purpose of the National 5 Biology course is to develop candidates’ interest and

enthusiasm for biology in a range of contexts. The skills of scientific inquiry and investigation are developed, throughout the course, by investigating the applications of

biology. This enables candidates to become scientifically literate citizens, able to review the science-based claims they meet.

The course covers major areas of biology ranging from cellular to whole organism and

includes the study of ecosystems. The focus on cellular level processes leads to an understanding of the importance and roles of the cell. By comparing the processes in multicellular plants and animals, candidates investigate increasing levels of complexity. The key areas of biodiversity and interdependence are covered, along with the processes leading to evolution as well as food security and ethical issues. The course allows flexibility and personalisation by offering choice in the contexts studied.

The aims of the course are for candidates to:

· develop and apply knowledge and understanding of biology

· develop an understanding of the impact of biology on everyday life

· develop an understanding of biology’s role in scientific issues and relevant applications of biology, including the impact these could make on society and the environment

· develop scientific inquiry and investigative skills

· develop scientific analytical thinking skills in a biology context

· develop the skills to use technology, equipment and materials, safely, in practical scientific activities

· develop planning skills

· develop problem-solving skills in a biology context

· use and understand scientific literacy, in everyday contexts, to communicate ideas and issues and to make scientifically informed choices

· develop the knowledge and skills for more advanced learning in biology

· develop skills of independent working

The course also aims to equip all candidates with the knowledge and skills to be able to

evaluate media reports. This enables candidates to make their own decisions on issues

within a modern society where the body of scientific knowledge and its applications and

implications are ever developing.

Higher Biology

Students can access resources including homeworks, summary notes and past papers using the link below: Higher Biology Website

The course develops candidates’ interest and enthusiasm for biology in a range of stimulating, relevant and enjoyable contexts. It also allows flexibility and personalisation by offering a choice of contexts to study. The skills of scientific inquiry and investigation are developed throughout the course. This will enable candidates to become scientifically-literate citizens.

The course allows candidates to develop deeper understanding of the underlying themes of biology. The scale of topics ranges from molecular through to whole organism and beyond.

Candidates develop an understanding of DNA and how the structure of the genome leads to the basis of evolution and biodiversity. Genomics is studied as one of the major scientific advances in recent times. Metabolic pathways and their control are considered along with the conditions in which organisms survive and their means of coping with these. The interdependence and complex interactions between organisms is explored and sustainable food production, with the fundamental process of photosynthesis at its core, is investigated.

The development of skills enables candidates to adapt their learning to new situations, solve problems, make decisions based on evidence, and evaluate the impact of scientific developments on their health and wellbeing, society and the environment. By setting the acquisition of knowledge and skills in the context of Higher Biology, a stimulating, relevant and enjoyable curriculum prepares candidates for further education, training or employment, in areas associated with life sciences.

The course aims to:

· develop and apply knowledge and understanding of biology

· develop an understanding of biology’s role in scientific issues and relevant applications of biology, including the impact these could make in society and the environment

· develop scientific inquiry and investigative skills

· develop scientific analytical thinking skills, including scientific evaluation, in a biology context

· develop the skills to use technology, equipment and materials safely in practical scientific activities

· develop planning skills

· develop problem-solving skills in a biology context

· use and understand scientific literacy to communicate ideas and issues and to make scientifically informed choices

· develop the knowledge and skills for more advanced learning in biology

· develop skills of independent working