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 agro forestry, to name just a few. In addition studying a Biology course will develop many key skills such as numeracy, literacy and social awareness.

What is the course about?

The Higher course builds upon the material covered in National 5 Biology and is divided up into 3 key units that are outlined below.

UNIT 1: DNA and the Genome

  • DNA and the Genome
  • DNA structure and Replication
  • Protein Synthesis
  • Stem Cells
  • Mutations
  • Evolution
  • Genomics

UNIT 2: Metabolism and Survival

  • Metabolism and Survival
  • Respiration
  • Maintaining Metabolism
  • Metabolism and Microorganisms
  • Genetic Control and Metabolism

UNIT 3: Sustainability and Interdependence

  • Food and Photosynthesis
  • Genetics and Food Production
  • Stock Protection
  • Interrelationships and Behaviour
  • Biodiversity

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 candidates have achieved an A or B grade in National 5 Biology.

What follow‐on courses could I take in S6?

Pupils who have gained an A or B pass at Higher are able to progress onto Advanced Higher Biology in S6.

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