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Biology

The Biology department at Braeview Academy aims to provide a supportive and enriching learning experience. This is achieved by actively engaging learners in every class, developing courses based on respected learning and teaching theory, promoting deep understanding of scientific concepts and developing skills that pupils will need to flourish in life, learning and work.

The Biology department offers a welcoming and engaging environment for all pupils. Pupils are included and encouraged to make their most of their potential. Supported study is offered on a weekly basis for all certificate classes and staff strive to get the most from every child.

Principle Teacher: Mrs. Cindy Thomson

Biology Teacher: Miss. Jemma Morgan

Biology SFL Link: Mrs. Lesley-Ann Wooles

Broad General Education 

All S1 and S2 pupils study an integrated Science course delivered to cover Level 3 Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes. Through this pupils develop their understanding of the world around us through real life science experiences whilst developing skills which will benefit them in science education, elsewhere in their learning and in the world outside of the classroom. 

In S3 pupils can select to further develop their broad general education whilst developing the knowledge and skills for the senior phase through experience of CfE level 4 Biology outcomes.   

Senior Phase 

S4 pupils will study either National 3, National 4 or National 5 Biology or Environmental Science depending upon their attainment in S3 and the recommendations made by their teacher. During S4 the level of course which pupil are studying may be changed based on their attainment and progression. 

In S5 and S6 Higher Human Biology is offered to pupils who achieve a National 5 pass at grades A-C. 

There is also the opportunity for pupils in S5/S6 to follow the National 4 or National 5 Biology courses depending on their previous attainment in S4 or if they had not undertaken a Biology course in S4. 

Advanced Higher Biology is available to pupils who have passed Higher Grade at level A or B. 

Expectations

All Biology pupils within the senior phase are issued homework on a weekly basis. Formal homework is expected to be completed and returned for marking to allow staff to determine pupil progress and to support learning within the classroom. When formal homework has not been issued pupils are expected to revise the work covered in class. 

A range of materials are made available to pupils to help with revision and supported study is offered on a weekly basis. 

National 3/4/5 Course Structures 

Units: 

  • Cell Biology

  • Life on Earth

  • Multicellular Organisms

    External Assessment (National 5 only): 

  • Question paper consisting of multiple choice and written responses (worth 80% of overall mark) 

  • Assignment research task (worth 20% of overall mark) 

    Internal Assessment: 

  • 3 end of unit question papers 

  • Formal Experimental write-up 

  • Short Report (National 3/4 only) 

    Higher Human Biology Course Structure 

    Units: 

  • Human Cells

  • Physiology and Health

  • Neurobiology and Communication

  • Immunology and public Health

    External Assessment: 

  • Question paper consisting of multiple choice and written responses (worth 80% of overall mark) 

  • Assignment research task (worth 20% of overall mark) 

    Internal Assessment: 

  • 3 end of unit question papers 

  • Formal Experimental write-up