Changes to National 5 Biology course assessment

SQA have recently published information with regard to the changes to National 5 Biology course assessment for session 2017-18 onwards.

Question Paper

The National 5 Biology question paper is being extended to ensure it samples a greater amount of course content, following the removal of the units.

The National 5 Biology question paper will be extended to include more questions and the number of available marks will increase from 80 marks to 100 marks. The duration of the exam will therefore also increase.

Coursework

Practical/experimental/fieldwork will become a mandatory feature of the National 5 Biology assignment, following the removal of the units which currently assess this within Outcome 1.

This will result in changes to the activities that make up the National 5 Biology assignment.

The total mark for the National 5 Biology assignment will be 20 marks. 

Additional information

We are removing some content from the National 5 Biology course as a result of feedback from stakeholders who indicated that course content was excessive.

The National 5 Biology assignment will be scaled to maintain the current 20%:80% course assessment weighting.

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Revised HN Science Units

As a result of feedback received, the following HN Science Units have been revised and republished on SQA’s website:

Animal Biology (H921 35)
Fundamental Chemistry: An Introduction (H92W 33)

For further information, please contact Christina – christina.gillan@sqa.org.uk

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Revised HN Science Assessment Support Packs (ASPs)

As a result of feedback received, the following HN Science ASPs have been revised and republished on SQA’s Secure website:

Animal Biology (H921 35)
Biochemistry: Theory and Laboratory Skills (H922 34)
Biology: An Introduction (H923 33)
Cell Biology: Theory and Laboratory Skills (H927 34)
DNA and Genetics (H929 34)
DNA Molecular Techniques (H92A 35)
Fundamental Chemistry: An Introduction (H92W 33)
Physical Chemistry: Theory and …

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Biology/Human Biology – Available Support (updated January 2017)

To support teachers and lecturers, we have produced a detailed list of all of the SQA Biology/Human Biology resources that are available. The PDF document provides hyperlinks that will take you directly to the various resources. The PDF document has been updated to included resources that were published in January 2017.

To access the PDF document, please click on the …

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Higher Biology – New and updated Understanding Standards materials

We have recently published new exemplars and associated commentaries for the Higher Biology Assignment.  In addition, we have also published updated commentaries to reflect changes implemented during DIET 2016.

These materials will help you to develop your understanding of the standards required for Course assessment.

To access the materials, please click on the weblink below:

Higher Biology

Please note the following:

Candidate 1 – updated commentary
Candidate 2 – updated commentary
Candidate 3 – new exemplar and commentary

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Higher Human Biology Unit Assessment Support Packs

Higher Human Biology unit assessment support pack 2 (combined approach) has recently been revised to create instruments of assessment for Assessment Standards 2.1 and 2.2.

The following UASPs each contain a single assessment for Assessment Standards 2.1 and 2.2:

Human Biology: Neurobiology and Communication (outcome 2, assessment activity 2 – test)
Human Biology: Immunology and Public Health (outcome 2, assessment activity 2 – test)
Human Biology: Physiology and Health (outcome 2, assessment activity 2 – test)
Human Biology: Human Cells (outcome 2, assessment …

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National 5 Biology Unit Assessment Support Packs

National 5 Biology unit assessment support pack 2 (combined approach) has recently been revised to create instruments of assessment for Assessment Standards 2.1 and 2.2.

The following UASPs each contain a single assessment for Assessment Standards 2.1 and 2.2:

Biology: Cell Biology (outcome 2, assessment activity 2 – test)
Biology: Life on Earth (outcome 2, assessment activity 2 – test)
Biology: Multicellular Organisms (outcome 2, assessment activity 2 – test)

These UASPs are available from the SQA secure site.  To access the UASPs on SQA’s secure site, please contact your SQA Co-ordinator.

For re-assessment purposes, please note that unit assessment support pack 2 (combined approach, published August 2015) cannot be used in combination with any of the above assessments, due to similarities with the questions.

A revised unit assessment support pack 2 (combined approach) will be published for each of the other levels of Biology/Human Biology in …

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Higher Biology Unit Assessment Support Packs

Higher Biology unit assessment support pack 2 (combined approach) has recently been revised to create instruments of assessment for Assessment Standards 2.1 and 2.2.

The following UASPs each contain a single assessment for Assessment Standards 2.1 and 2.2:

Biology: Metabolism and Survival (outcome 2, assessment activity 2 – test)
Biology: DNA and the Genome (outcome 2, assessment activity 2 – test)
Biology: Sustainability (outcome 2, assessment activity 2 – test)

These UASPs are available …

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New HN Science Assessment Support Packs (ASPs)

New HN Science Assessment Support Packs (ASPs) have recently been published. These ASPs have been developed to support the delivery of the new HN Science Units.

The following HN Science ASPs have now been published on SQA’s Secure Website – www.sqa.org.uk/sqasecure

Organic Stereochemistry: Theory and Laboratory Skills (H934 35)
Science Industries Key Issues (DP9M 34)

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