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Biology National 5

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Frog in pond

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.

Pages within Biology National 5

Respiration

Respiration

Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis

Genetic engineering

Genetic engineering

Proteins and enzymes

Proteins and enzymes

DNA and the production of proteins

DNA and the production of proteins

Producing new cells

Producing new cells

Transport across cell membranes

Transport across cell membranes

Cell structure

Cell structure

Effects of lifestyle choices on human transport and exchange systems

Effects of lifestyle choices on human transport and exchange systems

The need for transport

The need for transport

Variation and inheritance

Variation and inheritance

Reproduction

Reproduction

Control and communication

Control and communication

Stem cells and meristems

Stem cells and meristems

Cells, tissues and organs

Cells, tissues and organs

Human impact on the environment

Human impact on the environment

Adaptation, natural selection and the evolution of species

Adaptation, natural selection and the evolution of species

Sampling techniques and measurement of abiotic and biotic factors

Sampling techniques and measurement of abiotic and biotic factors

Energy in ecosystems

Energy in ecosystems

Biodiversity and the distribution of life

Biodiversity and the distribution of life

National 5 Biology Assignment

National 5 Biology Assignment