Higher Human Biology
The course consists of three Units whose content is drawn from the National Qualifications Arrangements for Biology document. Organisation of Resources Assessment
The three Units are taught in the following order :-
Cell Function and Inheritance : November – January
The Continuation of Life : February – April
Pupils are issued with lined paper and a homework jotter. Pupils are issued with a booklet of write-on Unit worksheets. Pupils are issued with a Higher Human Biology reference textbook. Each pupil should be issued with a summary textbook prior to Unit assessments and exams. Each pupil is issued with summary notes prior to the main exam.
Pupils sit an assessment (NAB) at the end of each Unit. This is designed to assess their knowledge and understanding, as well as their problem solving ability. Pupils must pass this assessment by scoring at least 26/40. Any pupil who fails is reassessed one week later, after appropriate revision.
Pupils carry out and write up practical investigations during the course. The write up of one of these investigations must meet specific performance criteria.
Pupils sit a prelim exam in February. This exam is based on the first two Units in the course. A second prelim, based on the last Unit, is given in April.
Pupils are given regular homework with the emphasis initially being based on developing the skills of essay writing. In October pupils are expected to purchase a Higher Human Biology Past Papers book. Questions from this book are issued as homework. The previous year’s paper is given to pupils to do, in its entirety, in the Easter holidays.
Organisation of Resources