National 4 Biology (Course Code: C707 74)

SCQF Level 4 (24 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


Uniformed and Security Services

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved one of the following:

What will I study?

Biology is a practical, hands-on subject that develops your skills of scientific enquiry, and helps you to solve problems and make decisions. You will learn about plants, animals and people. You will find out how population growth is affecting the variety of life on earth (known as biodiversity). You will develop your skills in carrying out biological experiments in laboratories.

The course has three compulsory units plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills.

Cell Biology (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

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:

Added Value Unit: Biology Assignment (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. Items of work might include:

You must pass all the units including the practical assignment to gain the course 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):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Biology (National 4)