Biology National 5

What is special about this course?

Biology, the study of living organisms, plays a crucial role in our everyday life, and is an increasingly important subject in the modern world.  Biology is relevant to everyone, and biologists work to find solutions to many of the world's problems.  Advances in technology have made the study of biology more exciting than ever.
This National 5 Biology course will give you the opportunity to understand and investigate the living world in an engaging and enjoyable way.  It will develop your interest and enthusiasm for biology in a range of stimulating relevant and enjoyable contexts, as well as providing you with deeper understanding of the underlying themes of biology.  The scale of topics covered ranges from the molecular through to whole body systems and on to biodiversity and ecosystems. 

Entry requirements

  • Pass in National 4 Biology, or
  • Equivalent qualifications or experience

You will develop an understanding of DNA and how the structure of the genome leads to the basis of evolution and biodiversity. Genomics is studied as one of the major scientific advances in recent times. Metabolic pathways and their control are considered along with the conditions in which organisms survive and their means of coping with these. The interdependence and complex interactions between organisms is explored and sustainable food production, with the fundamental process of photosynthesis at its core, is investigated.


All students will need to purchase the textbook National 5 Biology with answers; 2nd edition 2018 Torrance, Stevenson et al  Hodder and Gibson

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time


How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    Start date



    Fee information for part time Further Education courses

    A Fee Waiver could be available to help with the payment of course fees depending on your personal circumstances, please check our Fee Waiver Policy to see if you are eligible.

    Scottish students

    Further Education (SCQF 1-6) level 



    Part-time (per single Higher)



    Rest of UK and International students 

    Further Education (SCQF 1-6) level 


    Part-time (per single Higher)


    Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

    Please contact if you have any further questions on fees.


    If you wish to study part time there is a cost of approximately  £360 per subject. Some applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver.

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    Additional costs

    You will be required to purchase textbooks (approximately £15 - £20) as part of this course. If you are a full time student and are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    • National 5 Biology will introduce you to concepts and ideas that are important in Healthcare, Bioscience and environmental careers.
    • You may wish to progress onto the following:-
    •  Higher Biology
    •  Higher Environmental Science
    •  Level 6 Health and Social Care
    •  Nursing

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    Applications for this subject are currently closed.

    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Inverness. UHI Inverness 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.