National 5 Biology (Course Code: C807 75)

SCQF Level 5 (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 hands-on 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:

Biology: multicellular organisms

You will learn about:

Biology: life on Earth

You will learn about:

How will I be assessed?

The course assessment has two components worth 120 marks:

For the assignment component, you will be asked to choose a relevant topic to research, plan and carry out relevant experimental work, process and present this, compare information and data, and draw your conclusion. You will present your findings in a report. The assignment component will be set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The question paper will be set and marked externally by the SQA.

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A–D. 

Study Materials

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 5)