There are countless reasons to study biology in school. Having a fundamental understanding of biology will provide you with the necessary skills needed to succeed in life and is a great investment to your future career. Plus the journey along the way can be quite fun! Here are some reasons why you should consider studying biology.
Biology is the most mysterious discipline left on the planet. Scientists estimate that there are between five and 40 million species on the earth. At the present time, scientists have identified between one and two million species, meaning that there are still as many as 38 million species to be identified! Regardless of the actual number of species existing on earth, the reality is that we are only aware of less than half of the species on this earth.
And for those who have a questing mind, biology is the perfect fit. Life is still more complicated than anything humans have ever built. Many of our most significant inventions have come from reverse-engineering what we see in biological systems. Flying is a prime example. Therefore, for those who want to be an inventor, consider biology.
Whether or not you want to be an inventor, there is one process that all scientists, inventors, and biology students utilize – the scientific method. Students will learn to use the scientific method to help them understand the world around them. We are bombarded with information about the world on a daily basis. In biology, we use the scientific method as a powerful tool to assess this information. You will learn to use this method not only to study biology, but to also tackle and overcome the challenges of every-day life.
Plus, biology is at the forefront of key ecological issues and global challenges. Research being conducted today in biology, including plant breeding and genetic modification, can be used to increase the world’s food supply. Even more impressive, approximately 70 percent of new medicines are derived from the chemicals produced naturally by plants, particularly from tropical forests. Thus, by studying biology, you’ll be at the forefront of cutting edge research and crucial medical findings.
Lastly, by studying biology, you will in turn help yourself make more informed decisions about your own body and health. You’re a living thing and biology is the study of all living things. Therefore, to better understand your own body, we will study our biological systems and attempt to answer complicated questions about the human body.
At Douglas Academy we offer courses across 4 levels
National 4 Biology
National 5 Biology
Higher human Biology (Introduced in June 2018)
Advanced Higher biology
National 4/5 if offered as a course option in S4 and is currently taught as a bi-level class. In order to progress through the levels an SQA pass at level A-C is advisable. The courses offer breadth and challenge across a wide range of biological topics
National 4/5 course contains 3 units and includes an Externally assessed Assignment – more information on the course content can be found on the SQA website.
Unit 1 - Cell Biology
Unit 2 - Multicellular organisms
Unit 3 - Life on Earth
Higher Biology course contains 3 units and includes an Externally Assessed Assignment and mandatory Unit Assessments (removed from 2018 onwards). This course is a one year course taught over S5 or S6 following successful completion of the National 5 Biology course.
Unit 1 – DNA and the Genome
Unit 2 – Metabolism and Survival
Unit 3 – Sustainability and Interdependence
Higher Human Biology course contains 4 units and includes an Externally Assessed Assignment. This course is a one year course taught in S5 or S6 following successful completion of the National 5 Biology course.
Unit 1 – Human Cells
Unit 2 – Physiology and Health
Unit 3 – Neurobiology and Communication
Unit 4 – Immunology and Public Health
Advanced Higher Biology course contains 3 units and includes an externally assessed Project. This course is taught in S6 following successful completion of Higher biology or Higher Human Biology.