CfE Higher Biology is available to S5/6 students who wish to develop their current knowledge, understanding and skills in Biology. The course is most suitable for students who have achieved well at National 5 Biology but may be appropriate for highly motivated students who have been successful in other science subjects.
- DNA and the Genome: The structure and replication of DNA, Gene expression, Genome
- Metabolism and Survival: Metabolism is essential for life, Maintaining Metabolism, Metabolism in microorganisms
- Sustainability and Interdependence: The science of food production, Interrelationships and dependence, Biodiversity.
The aims of the Course are to enable students to:
- develop and apply knowledge and understanding of biology
- develop an understanding of biology’s role in scientific issues and relevant
- applications of biology in society
- develop scientific inquiry and investigative skills
- develop scientific analytical thinking skills in a biology context
- develop use of technology, equipment and materials, safely, in practical
- scientific activities, including using risk assessments
- 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
Entry Requirements – achieve National 5 Biology.
Attendance – Six periods each week.
The course is assessed in two components:
- End of year exam (20 marks of MCQs and 80 marks of short and long answer questions; completed over 2 hours and 30 minutes) – 100 marks
- Assignment (Research a topic under guidance of the teacher, then to communicate your findings in a report which is written under exam conditions) – 20 marks
Recording & Reporting