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National 4/5 Biology

Content Covered
In S3/4 our course covers the National 4 and 5 coursework. The units covered in this course are:- Cell Biology, Multicellular Organisms and Life on Earth.

Skills
The course assessment will assess scientific inquiry skills, analytical thinking skills and the impact of applications on society and the environment.

It will give learners an opportunity to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and understanding by:

 demonstrating knowledge and understanding of biology by making statements, describing information, providing explanations and integrating knowledge

 applying knowledge of biology to new situations, interpreting information and solving problems

 planning or designing experiments/investigations to test given hypotheses or to illustrate particular effects, applying safety measures.

 carrying out experimental procedures safely, recording observations and collecting data

 selecting and presenting information appropriately in a variety of forms

 processing information (using calculations and units, where appropriate)

 making predictions and generalisations based on evidence/information

 drawing valid conclusions and giving explanations supported by evidence/justification

 identifying a source of error and suggesting improvements to experiments

 communicating findings/information

 
The course Assignment will give learners the opportunity to:-
select an appropriate biology topic within the set guidelines provided by SQA

 investigate/research the topic, focusing on applications and impact on society/the environment

 process the information/data collected


Assessments (Internal and External)
Internal assessments will be given at the end of each section of work, end of each unit and in a prelim exam. Pupils will also be assessed on a practical investigation and writing of a scientific report.

External assessment

The paper will assess scientific inquiry skills, analytical thinking skills and the impact of applications on society and the environment.

The question paper will have 80 marks (80% of the total mark)

The question paper will have two Sections.                                                                                                  Section 1, titled ‘Objective Test’, will have 20 marks.

Section 2, titled ‘Paper 2’, will contain restricted and extended response questions and will have 60  marks.

The assignment will assess the application of skills of scientific inquiry and related biology knowledge and understanding.

The assignment will have 20 marks (20% of the total marks)