Course description

Biology, the study of living organisms, plays a crucial role in our everyday existence and is an increasingly important subject in the modern world. Biology affects everyone and aims to find solutions to many of the world’s problems. The course aims encourage development of skills and resourcefulness which lead to becoming a confident individual. Successful candidates in biology think creatively, analyse and solve problems.

Course progression

You can click on the links at each level to see more info.

In S6, you can combine the study of two Sciences (or one Science and one of the Broadening Courses from the "Eligible courses" section) plus Maths to study for the Scottish Baccalaureate in Science. Two of these subjects need to be studied to Advanced Higher, and the third subject needs to be studied to Higher. Subjects studied in S5 can count towards this award.

Careers through Biology

There are many careers and jobs available through Biology in every sector from zoological work through medical to environmental issues.

  • Animal physiotherapy
  • Sports science
  • Medical research
  • Microbiology
  • Drugs industry
  • Environmental science
  • Zoologist
  • Education
  • Media
  • Nanotechnology
  • Dentistry
  • Agriculture

Pupil Profile: Charlotte

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I am planning to go to university to study for a degree in Biological Sciences, with a view to work in the biological industry.

Following a Biology course at school has allowed me to develop management, analytical, team work and organisational skills.

My advice to you is to take all the opportunities available to you. Prepare well and work hard.