Biology (National 5)

Why study Biology?

Biology is the study of all living things, from the tiniest organisms to the largest lifeforms. You will learn how nature and the human body work, and how different forms of life eat, make energy and reproduce. You will also find out how Biology is helping to find solutions to world problems.

There are many career opportunities connected with biology, including medicine, nursing, dentistry, physiotherapy, food science, sport science, pharmacology and beauty therapy.

What will I study?

Biology is a hands-on subject that develops your skills of scientific inquiry, and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding, by undertaking practical activities in the classroom/local environment. You will research issues and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop your skills of scientific literacy.

The course comprises three areas of study.

Cell biology

You will learn about:

  • cell structure; transport across cell membranes; DNA and the production of proteins; proteins; genetic engineering; and respiration.

Biology: multicellular organisms

You will learn about:

  • producing new cells; control and communication; reproduction; variation and inheritance; transport systems — plants; transport systems — animals; and absorption of materials.

Biology: life on Earth

You will learn about:

  • ecosystems; distribution of organisms; photosynthesis; energy in ecosystems; food production; and evolution of species.

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