Our National Qualifications in Biology allow learners to investigate the applications of biology in society and the environment.
These qualifications cover relevant and contemporary areas of biology, while allowing learners to develop an understanding of the underlying themes.
Biology common questions
- Biology common questions (110 KB)
Biology CPD Event Presentations
The following presentation was delivered at CPD events for National 3, National 4 and National 5 Biology Courses. It can be used by Nominees to help cascade information to colleagues in their school, college or Local Authority. Equally, anyone delivering these new National Courses may find the contents of help in understanding the standards required. Candidate evidence used at the events is available from our secure website.
- Biology CPD Presentation - Spring 2014 (3.01 MB)
Available at the following levels:
Updates and announcements
- October 2015 subject update (344 KB)
- August 2015 subject update (93 KB)
- May 2015 subject update (277 KB)
- January 2015 subject update - Advanced Higher (500 KB)
- August 2014 subject update (120 KB)
- Special Edition Update June 2014 (152 KB)
- January 2014 update letter (22 KB)
- September 2013 update letter
Consultation: presenting data - science subjects
The production, use and interpretation of graphs and charts is a common feature across all of our science qualifications. To ensure a consistent approach for learners undertaking more than one science subject, we have developed a document that provides advice and guidance in relation to how the production, use and interpretation of graphs and charts will be approached in all SQA assessments from academic session 2016/17 onwards.
This guidance document provides a consistent approach to the production, use and interpretation of graphs and charts, while also recognising the differences that still need to be applied to each discrete science area.
The new guidance document is available below. Before it is implemented, we are seeking views from teachers, lecturers and assessors.
Feedback can be submitted to us by completing the online comment form by 22 December 2015.