National 4 Biology is an internally assessed course that does not require pupils to sit an end of year exam.
Assessment occurs throughout the school year in the form of Key Area knowledge and understanding tests; a numeracy test; an Investigation write up; a Topical Report; and a Value Added Unit, which involves the pupils researching a given topic to report back on.
The course is made up of three units and covers the following topics:
Therapeutic Uses of Cells
Enzymes & their use in Industry
Properties & Uses of Microbes
Factors Affecting Respiration
Controversial Biological Procedures
Sexual & Asexual Reproduction
Commercial Plant Use
Growth & Development
Life on Earth
Environmental Impact of Fertilisers
Adaptations for Survival