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National 5 Biology

Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date & time
22 Aug 2024 @ 6 - 9pm (Thursday evenings)
Qualification Type
SQA National Award
Course Type
1 year (August - June)


This course will provide students with an in-depth study of National 5 Biology topics, developing the knowledge and skills required to succeed in the exam through a mix of tutor led teaching tutorial sessions, lab work and diagnostic testing.

What will I learn?

This National 5 Biology course will be delivered on a blended learning basis, with 50% of classes online. Full electronic course notes and practical equipment for labs will be provided.

Units covered include:

Section 1: Cell biology
The key areas covered are:

  • Cell structure
  • Transport across cell membranes
  • DNA and the production of proteins
  • Proteins
  • Ggenetic engineering
  • Respiration

Section 2: Multicellular organisms:
The key areas covered are:

  • Producing new cells
    Control and communication
  • Reproduction
  • Variation and inheritance
  • Transport systems — plants
  • Transport systems — animals
  • Absorption of materials

Section 3: Life on Earth:

The key areas covered are:

  • Ecosystems
  • Distribution of organisms
  • Photosynthesis
  • Energy in ecosystems
  • Food production
  • Evolution of species 

Thinking of joining?

If you'd like a place on this course, you must:

  • Ensure you meet the entry requirements
  • Pay the full fee (£460) or a deposit (£250)

Payment Options:

  1. Pay the full fee of £460
  2. Pay the deposit of £250 online using discount code DEPOSIT
  3. After the deposit payment, you will have a balance of £210 to pay. This balance will be paid in instalments of £105 over the 2 subsequent months following your deposit payment. (payment required by the 31st of the month)
  4. Follow the instructions within your joining instructions to make your balance payments.
  5. There are no funding options or fee waivers available for this course.
  6. If you choose to make only a deposit payment, you agree to make all outstanding balances as directed.

Please see the full T&Cs below.

Private Candidates - SQA Exams 

If you are a private candidate wishing to sit an SQA exam for National 5 and Higher subjects, we may be able to support you as the presenting centre. Just use the link below to find out more.

Find out more about Private Candidates - SQA Exams

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • It's advisable you have National 4 (or equivalent) but not essential.

Jobs and further study

Higher Human Biology

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3784