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Mr Hutchison
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Miss Steven
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Dr Costello
Dr Costello

 

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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

Think like a proton and stay postive.

Extra Curricular activities
Supported Study

Organised by K Costello. Mondays,Tuesdays and Wednesday after School.

Activities
Supported Study

Organised by K Costello. Thursday after School.

Additional Activities
Supported Study

Organised by F. Toland. Wednesdays and Thursdays after School.

Broad General Education in Art S1 - S2

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Experiences & Outcomes

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Assessment?

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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 Chemistry in S3 will study the science of materials – the stuff that the world around us is made of – and chemical reactions – how we can change the world around us. In S3 pupils will cover 4 topics which will help answer questions like this :-

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Chemical Reactions

We look at:-

  • How can you tell that a chemical reaction has happened?
  • How can we speed up or slow down chemical reactions?
  • What causes explosions?
  • What do the enzymes in our bodies do?
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Earth Chemistry

We discover:-

  • What types of rocks and minerals is the world made up of?
  • How do geologists test rocks?
  • How makes volcanoes erupt?
  • Why do some things rust?
Additional Activities
Fossil Fuels and Pollution

We focus on:-

  • How are coal, oil and gas formed?
  • Where do we get all our petrol from?
  • What is causing climate change and how might it affect us?
  • How can Scientists help protect our world against pollution?
Additional Activities
Structure & Properties

We examine

  • What is everything in the world made up of?
  • How and why do atoms join together?
  • Why is the chemical formula of water H2O?
  • What makes some things solids, some liquids and some gases?
Additional Activities
Progression

Level 4 Chemistry 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 two units with an added value practical activity project.

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Chemical Changes and Structure

This unit examines:-

  • Rates of reaction
  • Atomic structure
  • Energy in chemical reactions
  • Acids and alkali's
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Nature’s Chemistry

Topics covered in this unit:-

  • Fuels
  • The environmental impact of fuels
  • Everyday consumer products
  • Plants to products
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Chemistry in Society

Looks at:-

  • Metals and alloys
  • Plastics and new materials
  • Fertilisers
  • Nuclear chemistry
assessment
Assessment

Practical units and critical activity 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

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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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Chemical Changes and Structure

This unit examines:-

  • Rates of reaction
  • Atomic structure
  • Energy in chemical reactions
  • Acids and alkali's
who does them
Nature’s Chemistry

Topics covered in this unit:-

  • Fuels
  • The environmental impact of fuels
  • Everyday consumer products
  • Plants to products
assessment
Chemistry in Society

Looks at:-

  • Metals and alloys
  • Plastics and new materials
  • Fertilisers
  • Nuclear chemistry
assessment
Assessment

Practical units and critical activity 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 Chemistry

Many college and university courses ask for pupils to have a qualification in Chemistry. Courses and careers which require some knowledge of Chemistry include:-

medicine
dentristry
chemical engineer
forensic science
food science
veterinary medicine
pharmacy
many many more