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Entrance to the Standard Grade course is conditional on satisfactory performance in Science at S2. Standard Grade is a two year course where pupils are presented for the final external exam at the end of S4. There are seven main topics in Standard Grade Biology:
- The Biosphere - a study of the environment and how living things interact
- The World of Plants
- Animal Survival - including feeding, reproduction and behaviour
- Investigating Cells
- The Body in Action - human movements and co-ordination
- Inheritance - genetics
- Biotechnology - the use of biology for industrial and other purposes
Some important themes such as pollution and energy feature in several of the topics.
Experiments in the field or laboratory are included in the course.
A full description of the course objectives and content can be found at the Scottish Qualifications site Standard Grade Revised Arrangements In Biology
The course is assessed by a combination of internal assessment by Biology Department staff and an external examination, set and marked by the SQA.