Pitlochry High School Pheonix Logo
Home Events Holidays Active Health Parent Zone All School Information LRC Secondary Primary Nursery Jelly Tots Committees

Curricular Area: Science

National 4/5 Biology course description



The national 4/5 course builds on the level 3 science outcomes that had a biology focus by allowing pupils to cover the level 4 experiences and outcomes relevant to biology and by also introducing some new concepts and ideas that were not covered by the level 3 science outcomes. There are 3 units to the national 4/5 course which will be studied to different depths depending on whether you sit the national 4 or the national 5 course.


The course aims to:


Unit Structure:












Assesment National 4


At national 4 the course will be internally assessed through the assessment of each unit. Pupils will also be assessed on an added value unit where they will carry out a project and will be given a test at the end. Through this added value unit the pupils will be able to demonstrate the breadth of knowledge and skills they have acquired from across all the other units.



Assessment National 5


At national 5 the course will be externally assessed as outlined below. The units done as part of the course will also be assessed to check the pupils level of understanding of each unit.



Course Assessment National 5


Component 1: Question paper                                                        80 marks


This question paper will assess the breadth of knowledge from across the units, depth of understanding and application of this knowledge and understanding to solve problems.


The question paper will give the learners the opportunity to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and understanding:



Component 2: Assignment                                                              20 Marks


This assignment will give learners an opportunity to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and understanding:


Total:                                                                                                             100 Marks







Pupils successful at achieving a national 4 qualification in biology can progress to any of the discrete sciences at national 5 level.

Those successful in achieving a national 5 qualification in biology can progress to higher biology.