Science Department - Biology - Highers/Advanced Highers
St. Margaret’s  High School

HIGHER BIOLOGY

What will I learn in this subject?
Biology Courses should encourage development of skills and resourcefulness, which lead to becoming a confident individual. Successful learners in biology think creatively, analyse and solve problems. Biology aims to produce responsible citizens, through studying of relevant areas of biology, such as health, environment and sustainability.

Biology affects everyone and aims to find solutions to many of the world’s problems. Biology, the study of living organisms, plays a crucial role in our everyday existence, and is an increasingly important subject in the modern world. Advances in technologies have made this varied subject more exciting and relevant than ever.

An experimental and investigative approach is used to develop knowledge and understanding of biology concepts.

What skills will I have the opportunity to develop in this subject?

The purpose of the Course is to develop learners’ interest and enthusiasm for biology in a range of contexts. The skills of scientific inquiry and investigation are developed, throughout the Course, by investigating the applications of biology. This will enable learners to become scientifically literate citizens, able to review the science-based claims they will meet.

The Course is a broad and up-to-date selection of concepts and ideas relevant to the central position of life science within our society. It develops the concepts of biology.

The Course allows learners to develop deeper understanding of the underlying themes of biology: evolution and adaptation; structure and function; genotype and niche. Within each of the Units, the scale of topics ranges from molecular through to whole organism and beyond. In addition, to increase the relevance of the Course, within each Unit the most relevant applications of biological understanding are highlighted.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the sciences, learners may benefit from studying Higher Biology along with other science subjects, as this may enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding.

The development of skills prepares learners by enabling them to adapt their learning to new situations, solve problems, make decisions based on evidence, and evaluate the impact of science developments on their own health and wellbeing, society and the environment. By setting the acquisition of knowledge and skills in the context of Higher Biology, a stimulating, relevant and enjoyable curriculum prepares learners for further education, training or employment, in areas associated with life sciences.

The Course allows flexibility and personalisation by offering choice in the contexts studied.

The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:
 
♦ develop and apply knowledge and understanding of biology
 
♦ develop an understanding of biology’s role in scientific issues and relevant applications of biology, including the impact these could make in society and the environment
 
♦ develop scientific inquiry and investigative skills
 
♦ develop scientific analytical thinking skills, including scientific evaluation, in a biology context
 
♦ develop the 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
 

Information about typical learners who might do the Course

The Course is suitable for learners who are secure in their attainment of the National 5 Biology Course or an equivalent qualification. The Course may be suitable for those wishing to study biology for the first time.
This Course emphasises practical and experiential learning opportunities, with a strong skills-based approach to learning. It takes account of the needs of all learners, and provides sufficient flexibility to enable learners to achieve in different ways.
 
The Higher Biology Course offers a broad and up-to-date selection of concepts and ideas relevant to the central position of life science within our society. Learners develop deeper understanding of the underlying themes of biology — evolution and adaptation; structure and function; genotype and niche — and the scale of topics ranges from molecular through to whole organism and beyond.
 
  
EXPERIENCES
 
In this subject, what types of learning activities will I be involved in?
 
The purpose of the Course is to develop learners’ interest and enthusiasm for biology in a range of contexts. The skills of scientific inquiry and investigation are developed, throughout the Course, by investigating the applications of biology. This will enable learners to become scientifically literate citizens, able to review the science-based claims they will meet.
 
How will my success as a learner be assessed?
 
All Units are internally assessed, they will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.
At Higher, the added value will be assessed in the Course assessment.
In the Higher Biology Course, added value will focus on: breadth, challenge and application. The learner will: draw on and extend the skills they have learned during the Course. These will be assessed within a question paper and an assignment, requiring demonstration of the breadth of skills, knowledge and understanding acquired from across the Units in unfamiliar contexts and/or integrated ways.
 
CAREER PATHWAYS

What careers can I pursue as a result of studying this subject?

Education (HNC/HND/Degree); Employment in Health industry, Manufacturing Industries, Science & Mathematics, ·Social, Caring & Advisory Services ·Sports & Leisure, Biotechnology. Medicine. Veterinary Medicine. Dentistry.
How can I find out more about Biology?

Any questions please see Mr Callan

 
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