S5 & S6 Biology

The purpose of the Higher Biology course is to develop pupils’ interest and enthusiasm for biology in a range of contexts. The skills of scientific inquiry and investigation are developed, throughout the course, by investigating the applications of biology. This will enable pupils to become scientifically literate citizens and be able to review the science-based claims they will meet.

The course has three units that cover the following areas:

DNA and the Genome
This Unit covers the key areas of structure of DNA; replication of DNA; control of gene expression; cellular differentiation; the structure of the genome; mutations; evolution; genomic sequencing.

Metabolism and Survival
This Unit covers the key areas of metabolic pathways and their control; cellular respiration; metabolic rate; metabolism in conformers and regulators; metabolism and adverse conditions; environmental control of metabolism; genetic control of metabolism; ethical considerations in use of microorganisms, hazards and control of risks.

Sustainability and Interdependence
This Unit covers the key areas of food supply, plant growth and productivity; plant and animal breeding; crop protection; animal welfare; symbiosis; social behaviour; mass extinction and biodiversity.
Analytical thinking and problem solving skills will be developed contextually within these units.