Biology provides learners with an understanding of themselves and the natural world in which they live. We seek to build on students’ natural curiosity about life. Many of our students go on to have careers in the various aspects of biological sciences including medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, marine biology and molecular biology.
Biology is taught as part of the Junior Science programme in Transitus and S1, and as a discrete subject from S2 onwards. Students are presented for SQA Intermediate 2 (S4), Higher (S5/6) and Advanced Higher (S6). At all levels there is a strong emphasis on active learning and the development of investigative skills through practical work.
In S3, pupils have the opportunity to attend a residential field course at Malham Tarn in Yorkshire where they investigate freshwater, grassland and woodland ecosystems. The Advanced Higher group go on a residential field trip to Kindrogan in Perthshire which supports their learning and helps in the development of skills needed for the investigation.