National 5 Biology

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.

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

Entry requirements

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

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 Year

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

Additional costs

If you wish to study part time there is a cost of approximately  £350 per subject (Based on 2020/21 price, 2021/22 price to be confirmed end March 2021). Some applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver.

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What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Within Inverness College UHI there is scope for progression onto level 6 courses in Science, Health Care and Sport.

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