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 National 5 - Biology

To successfully complete the N5 Biology course pupils must pass the following sections

  • Three Unit KU assessments (2.1)
  • Four skills sections across the three units (2.4)
  • A short written report (2.2/2.3)
  • An practical experiment write-up (1.1-1.6)
  • An Added Value Assignment
  • The SQA N5 Examination

 Unit 1 - Cell Biology

In this Unit, learners will develop skills of scientific inquiry, investigation and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding in the context of cell biology. Learners will research issues and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy.

The key areas covered are: cell structure; transport across cell membranes; producing new cells; DNA and the production of proteins; proteins and enzymes; genetic engineering; photosynthesis and respiration.

 Unit 2 - Multicellular Organisms

In this Unit, learners will develop skills of scientific inquiry, investigation and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding in the context of multicellular organisms. Learners will research issues and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy.

The key areas covered are: cells, tissues and organs; stem cells and meristems; control and communication; reproduction, variation and inheritance; the need for transport and effects of life-style choices on animal transport and exchange systems.

 Unit 3 - Life On Earth

In this Unit, learners will develop skills of scientific inquiry, investigation and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding in the context of life on Earth. Learners will research issues and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy.

The key areas covered are: biodiversity and the distribution of life; energy in ecosystems; sampling techniques and measurement of abiotic and biotic factors; adaptation, natural selection and the evolution of species and human impact on the environment.

Assignment AVU

  

 Revision

The National Parent Forum of Scotland website has links to Past Papers from N5 and also old Int2 and SG questions that may be useful.  Marking schemes are also there to use.

http://www.npfs.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/nutshells_revision_N5_biology.pdf