S1- S2: Pupils are engaged in a General Science course which has Units of Biology including: Biodiversity and Interdependence, Cells and Body Systems, Biotechnology, and Genetics. These courses follow the new guidelines laid down by CfE. As well as providing pupils with an excellent grounding for S3 and National 4/5 Biology, these courses all provide experiences which develop transferable skills such as research and presentation skills, laboratory skills and teamwork.
S3: : Pupils who wish to continue studying Sciences in S3 can choose from Biology, Chemistry or Physics with a number of pupils choosing a combination of two or more science subjects. The Biology Course has three units: Life on Earth, Cell Biology and Multicellular Organisms.
National 4 & 5: These courses may run in separate classes or in bi-level classes. Both courses have a broadly similar outline to the S3 Biology. The content of each unit develops understanding in key areas and increases in depth and complexity from S3 through National 4 & 5.
Higher:Pupils are assessed at the end of each unit and also complete one internally assessed experiment writeup and an SQA Assessed Assignment (similar in concept but more in depth than National 5 Biology). Pupils learn theory in a variety of ways including case studies, many opportunities for collaborative research, discussion and peer presentations as well as more conventional methods. There are many opportunities for pupils to develop their experimental skills with more complex procedures.
Advanced Higher: The AH Biology course is taught jointly with Moray College UHI. It has 3 mandatory units including a project which will be covered as follows: Organisms and Evolution - Lab/Field Techniques, Cells and Proteins and Organisms and Evolution. Investigative biology and project reports are covered at Moray College UHI.
Principal Teacher: Jen Kerr
Teacher: Dawn Frost