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Mr Hutchison
Mr Hutchison

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Mrs Irving
Mrs Irving

 

Mrs Hall
Mrs Hall

 

Dr Wardrope
Dr Wardrope

 

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Broad General Education

We introduce pupils to fundemental scientific concepts across a range of disciplines, including biology, chemistry and physics. These provide the essential foundations for further study in each subject.

We aim to encourage scientific thinking (observation, hypothesis, experimentation, analysis) in approaching problems. And we want pupils to become familiar with handling scientific equipment in wide variety of experimental contexts. [more ...]

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National 4

We all exist within a living world. And its the aim of this course, to develop an understanding and an appreciation of the living world around us.

We also want pupils to understand the role of biology in current debates on environmental, medical amd other emerging scientific issues that will affect all our futures, such gene therapies and genetically modified crops. [more ...]

Pupil Work
National 5

This course aims to develop an advanced understanding of the living world around us.

Additionally, we want to develop each pupil's practical skills and encourage them to be analytical and creative in their approach to problem solving within an experimental context.

With advances in science becoming increasingly team based there is an emphasis on encouraging collaboration, and developing communication and leadership skills. [more ...]

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Higher

This course is for those who want an in-depth understanding of the living world.

The course builds on each pupil's practical skills and develops their understanding of issues surrounding the use of technology in experimental situations including risk assessments.

While the course continues with the themes of collaboration and communication, there is greater emphsis on independent working and research. [more ...]

Extra Curricular Activities

Biology is the study of complicated things that have the appearance of having been designed with a purpose. Richard Dawkins

Extra Curricular activities
Supported Study

Organised by Dr Wardrope. Tuesdays after School.

Broad General Education in Science S1 - S2

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Progression
Progression

Towards the end of S2 pupils can choose to study Art & Design in S3 and then later in S4 and S5.

Guidance and Subject staff will provide advice on the best way to proceed. [... more]

Level 4 @ S3

Pupils have to make a choice at the end of S2 about the subjects they want to study further in S3 and perhaps take it to the next level. Pupils who choose Biology in S3 will study the science of living things and this will help develop a better understanding of the world we live in.

Extra Curricular activities
Biotechnology

Involves looking at:-

  • What are micro-organisms?
  • How are micro-organisms used to make foods like bread and cheese?
  • How do cells grow?
  • How can cells be used to repair the body?
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Plant Biology

Here we look at:-

  • How do plants grow>
  • What industries use plants for profit?
  • How do plants reproduce and spread?
  • Why do we need fertilisers
Additional Activities
Genetics

We examine:-

  • What is DNA?
  • How can DNA profiling help solve crimes?
  • How do our genes affect our future?
  • Will cloning humans ever be possible?
Additional Activities
Body Defence

We Take a look at:-

  • How does the body defend itself against disease?
  • How do vaccinations work?
  • How is body temperature controlled?
  • How do living things respond to changes in their environment?
Additional Activities
Adaptations

Looks at:-

  • How do plants and animals depend on each other for survival?
  • What affects whether a species survives or not?
  • How do living things learn how to adapt to their surroundings?
  • How and why do living things learn new behaviours?
Additional Activities
Progression

Level 4 Biology is a natural progression from experiences and skills learned in levels 1-3.

In S3 you will explore and learn more new skills to help you develop your ideas further leading to certification at National 4 or 5 at the end of S4.

National 4

Equivalent to General level at Standard Grade, the National 4 course consists of three units with an added value practical activity project.

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Cell Biology

In this unit you will look at animal and plant cell activities. In particular:-

  • Cell division, growth and repair
  • DNA, genes and chromosomes
  • Enzymes and their use in industry
  • Photosynthesis and respiration
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Life on Earth

This unit examines connections and features of biological world at a broader level.

  • Animal and plant interdependence
  • Population growth
  • The nitrogen cycle and fertilisers
  • Adaptations for survival
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Multicellular Organisms

Beginning with reproduction this unit looks at some of the commercial aspects of biological world.

  • Reproduction in plants and animals
  • Growing plants
  • Commercial uses of plants
  • Genetics
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Assessment

Practical units will be assessed in school on a continuous basis throughout the course and will be subject to external verification by a moderator from the SQA.

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National 5

Very similar to National 4 but taken to a more advanced level, developing ideas in greater depth and detail.

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Cell Biology

In this unit you will look at animal and plant cell activities. In particular:-

  • Cell division, growth and repair
  • DNA, genes and chromosomes
  • Enzymes and their use in industry
  • Photosynthesis and respiration
who does them
Life on Earth

This unit examines connections and features of biological world at a broader level.

  • Animal and plant interdependence
  • Population growth
  • The nitrogen cycle and fertilisers
  • Adaptations for survival
who does them
Multicellular Organisms

Beginning with reproduction this unit looks at some of the commercial aspects of biological world.

  • Reproduction in plants and animals
  • Growing plants
  • Commercial uses of plants
  • Genetics
assessment
Assessment

Practical units will be assessed in school on a continuous basis throughout the course and will be subject to external verification by a moderator from the SQA.

Added Value

Details to be added ...

Higher

Builds upon the knowlege and skills acquired in earlier study and takes them to the next level.

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DNA & the Genome

This unit considers the molecular basis of biodiversity through the study of:-

  • Structure of DNA and how it replicates.
  • The control of gene expression and cellular differentiation.
  • The structure of the genome including mutations,evolution and genomic sequencing.
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Metabolism & Survival

This unit examines energy production through ATP synthesis by:-

  • Cellular respiration, the metabolic pathways of ATP production and its control
  • Metabolism in conformers and regulators together with metabolism in adverse conditions.
  • Environmental and genetic control of metabolism.
  • Ethical consideratioon in the use of micro-organisms, hazards and the control of risks.
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Sustainability & Interdependence

Examines how we depend on sufficient and sustainable production of food from a limited selection of crops and livestock. And in particular:-

  • Food supply, plant growth and productivity.
  • Plant and animal breeding.
  • Crop rotation, animal welfare and symbiosis.
  • Mass extinction, biodiversity and threats to biodiversity.
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Assessment

Candidates have to pass all units. Assessment may be on a unit by unit assessment or by a combined assessment in a large 'project' that includes elements from each unit.

Careers In Biology

Many college and university courses ask for pupils to have a qualification in Biology that leads to careers in the areas of:-

food & nutrition
biomedical studies
marine biology
environmental management
medicine
dentristry
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