Advanced Higher

Why Biology?

Biology is a diverse subject ranging from how your body works to the biosphere. It is highly relevant to everyday life; from learning about your own health and how advances in Biology may be used to treat illnesses to the country’s food supply and the control of disease. Biologists have many varied career opportunities including: the pharmaceutical industry; clinical health professionals; conservation and agroforestry, to name just a few. In addition studying a Biology course will develop many key skills such as numeracy, literacy and social awareness.

The Advanced Higher course builds upon the material covered in Higher and is divided into 4 key units that are outlined below. There are two 40 hour units and two 20 hour units.

What is the course about?

The course work is divided into 3 main units of work undertaken over 1 year. These are:

UNIT 1: Cell Biology (40 hours)

  • Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes
  • Cell Components
  • Molecular Cell Events
  • DNA Technology

UNIT 2: Environmental Biology (40 hours)

  • Circulation in Ecosystems
  • Interactions in Ecosystems
  • Human Impact
  • Circulation in Ecosystems
  • Interactions in Ecosystems

UNIT 3: Physiology, Health and Exercise (20 hours)

  • The Cardiovascular System
  • Exercise and the Cardiovascular System
  • Exercise and Metabolism
  • Body Composition and Weight
  • Osteoporosis and Diabetes

UNIT 4: Research (20 hours)

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will occur on a continuous basis throughout the year. Candidates must pass 3 unit assessments and a lab report to be able to sit the final examination.

Suggested Course Entry Requirements

It is recommended that pupils have achieved a grade A or B at Higher Biology.


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