Advanced Higher Biology

Course Specification (April 2022)

Explains the structure of the Course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.

Past Papers and Marking Instructions

Access all past papers by subject/level

Specimen Question Papers

Illustrates the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers candidates will sit (includes marking instructions).


This section provides information on marking instructions and/or the coursework assessment task(s). It includes information that centres need to administer coursework and must be read in conjunction with the course specification.

Understanding Standards (March 2021)

Additional resources session 2021-22

New – New materials not previously published

Updated – published in 2020/21 but amended for 2021/22

Carried forward – published in 2020/21 carried forward to 2021/22


Please note: For session 2021-22 there are modifications to this course. Understanding Standards materials should therefore be viewed along with the National Course modification summary available in the Course information 2021-22 section.


Examples of candidate evidence with commentaries

Further examples of candidate evidence and commentaries can be found on SQA's secure website and you can access these through your SQA co-ordinator.

Course assessment overview

Changes to understanding standards materials

Changes to published Understanding Standards materials for all subjects

Please note: Understanding Standards material are regularly reviewed to ensure they remain up to date


Course reports

Course Reports

2021 Key Messages

The Alternative Certification Model included a national quality assurance activity, carried out in May 2021.
​This report provides information on any common themes and key points from the evidence submitted.

Verification Reports

In 2019, a single qualification verification summary report replaced the verification key messages.


Organisms and Evolution: selection materials

SQA is working in partnership with Glasgow University to deliver twilight sessions to support the delivery of Advanced Higher Biology.

Access the Advanced Higher Biology materials used at the events

Ushare open learning resources