- Mrs A. Kilpatrick (PT)
- Mrs S. Ferguson
- Mrs A. Houston
The Biology department offers a range of courses from Nat 5 to Advanced Higher. We support the delivery of the S1 and S2 BGE science curriculum through specialist biology units, and also deliver the N4 course to senior students. The department offers a range of extra curricular opportunities, from study support to field trips, the CREST award and various STEM competitions run by the Royal Society of Biology, Royal Microbiological Society and the Scottish Rural College.
We have 2 fully resourced labs, and place a high priority on using practical work to illustrate biological processes, as well as allowing our students to develop essential practical skills which will help them progress through BGE to National 4, 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses.
We use a range of teaching and learning styles in the delivery of our courses, with a strong emphasis on group and practical work to develop problem solving and analytical skills.
BGE S1 – 3
S1 Biology Units
- Understanding Cells – structure and function of cells; microscopes; microorganisms and how they grow
- Diversity of Life – classification of plants and animals; how to sample plants and animals in our environment; food webs and feeding relationships
S2 Biology Units
- Body Systems – understanding our major organ systems (circulation/digestion/reproduction)
- Plants – anatomy of plants, how they grow and reproduce; importance of plants for food, crops, materials and medicines
S3 Biology Units
- Behaviour and Adaptations
- Variation and Genetics
- Cells and Microbiology
- Human Biology
Senior Phase S4-6
Students will have completed the S3 biology course, and literacy/numeracy skills at National 5 level are needed to complete this course successfully.
- Unit 1- Cell Biology
- Unit 2- Multicellular Organisms
- Unit 3- Life on Earth
Assessment is via a 2.5 hour exam and a structured practical assignment which is 20% of the final grade.
Students will be expected to have achieved A-C in Nat 5 biology, and literacy/numeracy skills at higher level are essential.
- Unit 1- DNA and The Genome
- Unit 2-Metabolism and Survival
- Unit 3- Sustainability and Development
Assessment is via a 1.5 hour multiple choice exam, a 2.5 hour structured exam and a structured practical assignment.
Advanced Higher Biology
Students will be expected to have achieved A-C at Higher level, with the equivalent advanced higher level skills in literacy/numeracy.
- Unit 1- Cells and Proteins
- Unit 2- Organisms and Evolution
- Investigative Biology
Assessment is via a 3 hour exam and a practical project of the students’ choice.
Senior Phase S4-6 (SQA)
- Nat 5 BBC Bitesize
- Higher Biology Bitesize
- Advanced Higher
- BBC Teach S3-Nat 5 BBC content (Attenborough/Brian Cox etc)
- Higher Biology Podcast to support Higher students with a range of interviews with scientists, authors, filmmakers, broadcasters, journalists, politicians as well as input from classroom teachers.
- Scholar website produced by Herriott-Watt University to support students from Nat 5 to Advanced Higher
Last Updated on 24th January 2024 by F Sinclair