National 3 Biology (Course Code: C707 73)

SCQF Level 3 (18 SCQF credit points)

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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.

Career Pathways

To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:

Animals, Land and Environment

Hairdressing, Beauty and Wellbeing

Health and Medicine

Science and Maths


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What do I need to get in?

The school or college will decide on the entry requirements for the course. You would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

Biology is a practical, hands-on subject that develops your critical thinking, and helps you to solve problems and make decisions. You will learn about plants, animals and people. You will find out how different organs and systems work, and how to classify and group things by similarities and differences. You will learn the skills involved in carrying out biological experiments in laboratories.

The course has three compulsory units.

Cell Biology (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will develop your scientific skills and investigate:

Biology: Multicellular Organisms (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Biology: Life on Earth (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be assessed by your teacher or tutor on an ongoing basis throughout the course.

You must pass all units to get the qualification. 

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

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