National 5 Biology SQA Level 5

What is special about this course?

The course covers major areas of biology ranging from cellular to whole organism and up to ecosystems.  The key areas of biodiversity, interdependence, body systems and cells and inheritance are developed through the course.

Nationl 5 Bioloy is a one-year course designed to build on knowledge and understanding carried out at Standard Grade/National 4 level so as to lead on to Higher Grade Biology or Higher Grade Human Biology.

Entry requirements

  • Standard Grade Biology at grade 3 or above, or
  • Pass in National 4 Biology, or
  • Pass in Intermediate 1 Biology, together with:
  • Equivalent of Standard Grade English and Maths at grade3 or above.

You will study:

  • Cell Biology
  • Biology: Multicellular Organisms
  • Biology: Life on Earth

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time


How long will my course last?

1 Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness Campus

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


Bursary or EMA (Educational Maintenance Allowance) if studying full time along with other subjects

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Further and higher education courses

Is there more information available online?

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This will take you to the full time Certificate in Applied Science course, to allow for flexibility in your choices of subjects/class times. However the way you want to study (e.g full time/part time/distance) will be updated following the interview.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Inverness College UHI. Inverness College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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