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In the level 4 Biology course, you will gain knowledge and understanding of how you body works and how all animals, plants and other living things depend on each other. In recent years many new discoveries have been made about the nature of living things. You will learn about some of these, such as Biotechnology & Genetics and how these may help us find new cures for diseases and improving food production.
The course’s main topics are:
Science is an important part of our heritage and we use its applications every day in our lives at work, at leisure and in the home. Science and the application of science are central to our economic future and to our health and wellbeing as individuals and as a society. Scotland has a long tradition of scientific discovery, of innovation in the application of scientific discovery, and of the application of science in the protection and enhancement of the natural and built environment. Children and young people are fascinated by new discoveries and technologies and become increasingly aware of, and passionate about, the impact of science on their own health and wellbeing, the health of society and the health of the environment.
Through learning in the sciences, children and young people develop their interest in, and understanding of, the living, material and physical world. They engage in a wide range of collaborative investigative tasks, which allows them to develop important skills to become creative, inventive and enterprising adults in a world where the skills and knowledge of the sciences are needed across all sectors of the economy.
What can learning in the Sciences achieve for young people?
How is the Science Framework Structured?
What are the features of effective learning and teaching in Science?
In the sciences, effective learning and teaching will use a variety of approaches, including: AiFL, collaborative and independent learning, ICT, discussion, debate, external contributors, cross-curricular experiences & links. Whenever applicable and possible, learning will be through experimentation and reinforcement aiming to assist the:
How do we build on prior knowledge?
What are the broad features of assessment in the Sciences?
- Teacher observation of scientific technique development
- Science topic based experimental investigations & reporting
- Class presentations of pupil research & experimental results, both orally and written reports
- Pupil self-evaluation
- Discussion & debates
Connections with other areas of the curriculum
Useful websites for information on careers using Sciences
www.iop.org (Institute of Physics)
www.iob.org (Institute of Biology)
www.rsc.org/studentzone (Royal Society of Chemistry)
Many other useful websites exist for the Sciences, ask your teacher for some advice.
To contribute to the student’s general and vocational education through the acquisition of relevant biological knowledge and skills, and to provide a general basis for further study or employment in areas related to Biology. The course provides a broad-based, integrated study of a wide range of biological topics emphasising the importance of Biology as an area of fundamental investigative science and as a basis of study in a wide range of applied fields. The course develops an understanding of the way in which biological principles can be applied to the issues facing the individual and society and fosters positive attitudes to others and the environment.
While entry is at the discretion of the centre, students would normally be expected to have attained:
The course has three 40 hour units and as with all courses includes a further 40 hours for induction, extending the range of learning and teaching approaches, remediation, consolidation, integration of learning and preparation for external assessment. This time is an essential element of the course and advice on the use of the overall 160 hours is included in the course details.
Cell Biology (H) 40 hours
Cell structure in relation to function, photosynthesis, energy release, synthesis and release of proteins, cellular response in defence in animals and plants.
Genetics and Adaptation (H) 40 hours
Variation, selection and speciation, animal and plant adaptations.
Control and Regulation (H) 40 hours
The control of growth and development, physiological homeostasis, population dynamics.
Students who achieve Higher Biology may progress to:
The course or its component units may also form part of one or more Scottish Group Awards.
Biology: Intermediate 2
To contribute to the student’s general and vocational education through the acquisition of relevant biological knowledge and skills, particularly the essential prerequisites required for an even progression to study Higher Biology or Higher Human Biology as well as other areas of study or employment. The course develops an understanding of the way in which biological principles can be applied to the issues facing the individual and society and fosters positive attitudes to themselves and others.
While entry is at the discretion of the centre, students would normally be expected to have attained an award in:
The course is therefore also suitable for those wishing to study Biology for the first time e.g. adult returners and those with Standard Grade Physics, Chemistry or Science with Knowledge and Understanding and Problem Solving at Grades 1 – 3.
The course has three 40 hour units and as with all courses includes a further 40 hours for induction, extending the range of learning and teaching approaches, remediation, consolidation, integration or learning and preparation for external assessment. This time is an essential element of the course and advice on the use of the overall 160 hours is included in the course details.
Living Cells (Int 2) 40 hours
Structure and function of a variety of cells, diffusion and osmosis in plant and animal cells, enzyme action, aerobic and anaerobic respiration, photosynthesis.
Environmental Biology and Genetics (Int 2) 40 hours
Ecosystems, factors affecting variety in a species. Factors affecting variety and variation in a species Genetics and Applied Genetics.
Animal Physiology (Int 2) 40 hours
Mammalian nutrition, control of the internal environment, circulation and gas exchange, sensory mechanisms and processing of information.
Students who achieve Intermediate 2 Biology might progress to:
Units and courses in Biology may also form part of one or more Scottish Group Awards.