Within SSERC we have a range of activities which may be useful to support learning and teaching and these are listed in the following sections. Please note that some activities may be useful in more than one Unit and indeed may be useful in other Courses (e.g. National 4 and/or Higher Biology) and our categorisation of activities reflects this flexibility.
The National 5 Biology Course has three mandatory Units:
- Cell Biology
- Biology: Multicellular Organisms
- Biology: Life on Earth
Resources are categorised in terms of Key Areas which are defined in the National 5 Biology Course Support Notes published by SQA:
National 5 Assignment
The SQA has recently announced changes to the Course Specification for National 5 Biology. You can access the Revised Course Specification here
One of the major changes that came into effect at the start of the 2017/2018 academic session was that practical / experimental / fieldwork is now a mandatory feature of the assignment. The Biology Team was commissioned by SQA to produce 2 Resource Packs which could be used to support teachers and students with this change. The resource packs can be accessed from the link below. These resource packs have been updated (October 2018) in light of changes to the Revised Course Specification.
We have adapted a protocol (Catalase Activity in Immobilised Yeast), previously published in the SSERC Bulletin, into a similar format (Teacher / Technician Guide and Student Guide) to those in the packs commissioned by SQA. This resource can be accessed here.