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Biology

National 5 Biology

 Course Outline

In National 5 Biology pupils study three areas.

  1. Cell Biology
  2. Multicellular Organisms
  3. Life on Earth

The National 5 course this year will be assessed internally form a range of evidence gathered through the academic year.  This will be based primarily on knowledge and understanding, applying scientific inquiry, scientific analytical thinking and problem solving skills.

SQA Past Papers

The link below will allow you to access past examination papers as well as specimen papers produced by the SQA. There are also marking schemes on this page.

SQA National 5 Biology Past Papers

Useful Websites

  • You can find an excellent electronic version of a textbook by Preston Lodge High School here.
  • The BBC website has an area for National 5 Biology here. This has revision notes and quizes on it.
  • This website (Oronsay) has some useful revision exercises.
  • There are some good summary notes by Hyndland Secondary School here.
  • There is a link to a useful problem solving booklet by Elgin Academy here.

Useful Textbooks

Each student has been provided with a full course textbook to support their learning this year. This has been issued on the understanding that the book will be returned in good condition by the end of the academic year.

The following websites sell revision and course notes as well as past papers.

Higher Human Biology 

Course Outline

In Higher Human Biology pupils study four main areas:

  • Physiology and health 
  • Neurobiology and communication 
  • Immunology and Public Health 

Exam Preparation

Candidates will undertake a final SQA exam which  is based primarily on knowledge and understanding, applying scientific inquiry, scientific analytical thinking and problem solving skills. 

Useful Websites

The Scholar website has good summary notes and online tests. You can get your username and password from your teacher.

Useful Textbooks

Each student has been provided with a full course textbook to support their learning this year. This has been issued on the understanding that the book will be returned in good condition by the end of the academic year.

The following websites sell revision and course notes as well as past papers. We have a sample copy in the department of most Biology textbooks and can offer individual advice on what the best option for each pupil may be.

SQA Past Papers

The link below will allow you to access past examination papers as well as specimen papers produced by the SQA. There are also marking schemes on this page.

SQA Higher Biology Past Papers

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