A danger sign

1st June 2007 at 01:00
Alarm bells are ringing for Alan Stevenson, principal teacher of biology at Stirling High, because his pupils thought the Higher human biology exam was quite easy - always a danger sign for teachers.

He agrees that most of the multiple choice questions were straightforward, with the exception of question 23, a bar graph analysis of child development.

The short answer section of the paper was straightforward, although question 3, on genetics, required them to read it carefully so that they grasped that it centred on the dominant sex link allele, not, as is more usual, a recessive characteristic.

Mr Stevenson liked question 6, on blood pressure, which referred to a number of different parts of the syllabus, but pupils would have had to work hard to get the one mark allocated to question 9b, which required them to come up with three components of the para-sympathetic nervous system. He was pleased to see two environmental questions - on global warming and deforestation.

The third section had a good choice of extended answer questions, from nerve transmission and memory to female infertility and the structure of the red blood cell.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now