The course consists of three Units whose contents are briefly described below.
1. Cell Biology – structure of cells, diffusion and osmosis, mitosis, DNA and protein structure, enzymes, genetic engineering, photosynthesis and respiration.
2. Multicellular organisms – stem cells and specialisation of cells, nervous system, reproduction, genetics,
plant and animal transport systems,
3. Life on Earth – biodiversity, ecosystems, sampling techniques used in ecology, adaptation, natural selection, evolution and human impact on the environment.
Studying each Unit will allow pupils to develop their biological knowledge as well as their problem solving and practical skills.
At the end of each Unit pupils sit a test which assesses their knowledge and understanding and their problem solving ability. Any pupil who fails the test will be given the opportunity to take another test after appropriate revision.
In addition pupils must complete an assignment in which they research and write up a report on a biological topic that they are interested in. The assignment is worth 20 marks and comprises 20% of the total marks. The exam in this subject is worth 80 marks and consists of one 2 hour paper.
Questions in the final exam are based on the work covered in all three Units. The final grade awarded is based on candidate performance in both this exam and the assignment.
All pupils will sit a prelim exam in February as preparation for the final exam.
Pupils will be given regular homework.
This course is suitable for fifth and sixth year pupils who have obtained either a C or D pass at National 5 Biology or who comfortably passed National 4 Biology in fourth year.
The course is also suitable for pupils who have studied Physics or Chemistry in fourth or fifth year and who want to get another science pass.
Pupils who achieve at least a B pass in National 5 Biology may progress to Higher Biology or Higher Human Biology within the school.
A pass in National 5 Biology can also lead to courses in Biology at College or University.
For further information contact Mr L. Forbes, PT of Biology.
Please complete the entire 2016 past paper for homework over the Easter 2017 holiday.
Click here to download the pdf file.
Life on Earth unit
1. Biodiversity and the distribution of life, Sampling techniques.
Sampling - revise here.
2. Energy in Ecosystems
3. Adaptation, natural selection and the evolution of species
4. Human Impact on the Environment
b) Energy in Ecosystems
c) Adaptation, Natural Selection, Evolution
Cell Biology Unit
1. Cell structure and function
2. Transport across membranes
3. Producing new cells
4. DNA and Protein Synthesis
DNA double helix video
Fantastic revision resource for learning about DNA, genes and Inheritance. This draws on lots of areas of your Nat 5 course and includes quizzes and questions.
5. Proteins and Enzymes
6. Genetic Engineering
Crash course in Photosynthesis - video clip
Elodea pondweed experiment on limiting factors
Limiting factors - Video clip
Fermentation (also known as anaerobic respiration)
Click this link to download an Adobe Acrobat file which has many exam style questions on the whole Cells Biology unit - Cell Biology revision questions
Multicellular Organisms Unit
1. Cells, tissues and organs - mind map
2. Stem cells and Meristems - mind map
Useful resource on Stem cells and their uses.
You can find lots of revision notes, animations, diagrams and tests at the BBC Bitesize website here.
Those of you looking for some help on genetics can explore the resources here
Click here for a fab resource that links Diabetes and blood glucose control with genetically-engineered insulin.
3. Control and Communication - mind map
4. Reproduction - mind map
5. Variation and Inheritance - mind map
Mrs Kennedy's revision planner is here
The following links will take you to online revision resources for the Cell Biology topic, full of useful links that will assist you in your revision.
Nat 4 Multicellular Organisms summary sheets
Nat 5 Multiceullar Organisms summary sheets
Nat 4 Cells summary sheets
Nat 5 Cells summary sheets
Nat 4 Life on Earth summary sheets
Nat 5 Life on Earth summary sheets