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 CfE National 5 (S4), CfE Higher (S5/6) and CfE Advanced Higher (S6). At all levels there is a strong emphasis on active learning and the development of investigative skills through practical work. Pupils are challenged to reach their full potential and given the opportunity to expand their horizons via the CREST Award (S2), Biology Olympiad (S5 and S6), Biology Challenge (S4) and visiting guest lecturers from academia and industry (S5 and S6).
In S3, pupils have the opportunity to attend the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre and The Surgeons' Hall Museum in Edinburgh as part of their biological experience. In S6, pupils attend a 3-day field trip that focuses on the marine and terrestrial environment of Helensburgh and the surrounding area, which supports their learning and helps in the development of skills needed for the Advanced Higher project.
Our pupils are also encouraged to participate in national competitions and campaigns such as the Kroto Prize for Innovation in Science Communication and the END7 Campaign for neglected tropical diseases. These experiences enrich pupil understanding and provided real world application and drive.