In line with CfE qualifications, the S3 Biology course is delivered at CfE Level 4.
Pupils move through aspects of the Level 4 curriculum that are relevant to Biology. These provide a solid foundation as pupil’s progress into fourth year to study for the new national qualifications at National 4 or 5 level.
While all classes in S3 cover the same content there may be some variation in pace depending on the range of abilities in the class.
The first unit of work is called Cell Biology. Pupils will study cell structure, cell division and the use of cells. This leads to a closer look at micro-organisms and their uses.
Homework will be issued on a regular basis to allow pupils to consolidate what they have covered in class and to allow for further research into class topics. There will be formal assessments at regular points throughout the first unit to monitor pupil progress and inform decisions as to which level the student will be studying at in S4.
Pupils will work towards achieving a Advanced Higher, Higher, National 5, National 4 or National 3 course award in Biology depending on their level of ability. Presentation level at National 3 or 4 will depend on the pupil’s achievements in passing all of the SQA internal assessments.
The Advanced Higher, Higher or National 5 award is gained by sitting an external exam and presentation for this exam will depend on the pupil passing all of the internal assessments and, where appropriate, end of unit assessments and Prelims.
Homework is set at roughly fortnightly intervals. Pupils have their notes and summary booklets to help with completion. The Homework sheets, summary notes and PowerPoint presentations used in the course are available for pupils to download from the Glow website. All pupils should be spending time on general revision of notes, etc. Useful revision techniques include mind mapping, making their own flash cards, constructing and labelling diagrams, working on examples from past papers or even discussing Biology terms with friends and family. Just reading or copying from notes is rarely effective. The BBC Bite size Revision materials available on the internet (http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/bitesize/) are an excellent aid to revision.
The Biology Department has produced many resources for pupils which can be found on the Biology GLOW webpages. Pupils will be working on internally assessed research topics and practical investigations which are compulsory if they are to achieve pass at any National levels. Good attendance is particularly important to avoid missing any of these internal assessment