National 4 Biology Assignment

Within SSERC we have a range of activities which may be useful to support learning and teaching and these are listed in the following sections. Please note that some activities may be useful in more than one Unit and indeed may be useful in other Courses (e.g. National 5 Biology) and our categorisation of activities reflects this flexibility.

The National 4 Biology Course has four mandatory Units:

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Resources are categorised in terms of Key Areas which are defined in the National 4 Biology Course Support Notes published by SQA:

Resources are categorised in terms of Key Areas which are defined in the National 4 Biology Course Support Notes published by SQA:

 

 

 

 

 

Resources are categorised in terms of Key Areas which are defined in the National 4 Biology Course Support Notes published by SQA:

The Biology Added Value Unit assessment is an assignment. While describing what candidates must do, the published assessment offers considerable flexibility in the choice of a context for the assessment, in which candidates apply skills, knowledge and understanding to investigate a topical issue in biology and its impact on the environment and/or society. The issue should draw on one or more of the key areas of the Course, and should be chosen with guidance from the assessor.

Centres can access the assessment through their SQA Co-ordinator.

Information on suggested topical issues can be found in the National 4 Biology Course and Unit Support Notes. It is not mandatory to use any of the topical issues suggested. A resource pack for one possible context for this assignment is also included in the National 4 Biology Course and Unit Support Notes.

As with all SQA Unit assessments, Added Value Unit assessments must be internally verified by centres.

These documents contain details of Unit assessment task(s), show approaches to gathering evidence and how the evidence can be judged against the Outcomes and Assessment Standards. Teachers/lecturers can arrange access to these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.

We are publishing examples of candidate evidence with commentaries as part of our Understanding Standards programme. These materials are for teachers and lecturers to help them develop their understanding of the standards required for assessment. As these materials become available, they are being published in the following locations:

  • Available from our secure website Materials relating to Unit assessment, internally assessed components of Course assessment, and externally assessed components of Course assessment which are subject to visiting assessment. Teachers and lecturers can arrange access to these materials through their SQA Co-ordinator.
  • Available from our Understanding Standards website Materials relating to externally assessed components of Course assessment, with the exception of those subject to visiting assessment.

More information on our Understanding Standards programme, can be found on our Understanding Standards page.

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