Sciences

Department Aim/Ethos

The aim of the Science department is to make learning about how things work interesting and exciting and to make all students enthusiastic about learning scientific ideas and encouraging the scientists of the future. We want to develop all students’ scientific skills and in an ever developing scientific world, ensure that all our students can embrace new ideas and understanding of the world around them.

Staff

  • Mr C Morrison, Principal Teacher of Science
  • Mr A Sangster, Teacher of Biology and Science
  • Mr S Struthers, Teacher of Physics and Science
  • Mr S Cartner, Teacher of Chemistry and Science
  • Miss L Haxton, Teacher of Chemistry and Science
  • Miss A Murray, Teacher of Chemistry and Science
  • Mrs S Rutherford (Science Technician)

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Accommodation Information

  • 7 fully equipped science labs with areas for both written and practical work
  • A science lecture theatre that would be used for a variety of events or workshops, including presentations from external agencies.
  • An IT suite with 20 computers


Courses

Click on the courses below for further information and links to helpful websites.  For additional information on all qualifications and Curriculum for Excellence please visit the following websites.

Education Scotland

SQA

YEAR

SUBJECT(S)

LEVEL

S1

Science

Levels 3

S2

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Science

Levels 3

Levels 3

Level 3

Level 3

S3

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Science

Level 4

Level 4

Level 4

Level 4

S4

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Bioscience

N4/5

N4/5

N4/5

N3/4

S5/6

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

N5/Higher

Higher

Higher

 

Subjects


Science

First Year

This course strives to promote the importance of Science and developed young peoples skills and interest in, and understanding of, the living, material and physical world.  Pupils will have the opportunity to experience aspects of all 3 sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics through the following topics:

  • Introducing Science
  • Cells and Reproduction
  • Electricity
  • Atoms and Molecules
  • Topical Science

Second Year

This course strives to continue to develop knowledge and understanding of pupils whilst still covering all the 3 sciences.  This course covers level 3 experiences and outcomes and gives the pupils an opportunity to develop their general sciences skills. The topics covered are as follows:

  • Health and Technology
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Space
  • Biotechnology
  • Heat

Third Year

Pupils who chose to take science in S2 will progress into science at S3. This course covers level 3 and 4 experiences and outcomes which allows pupils to consolidate previous knowledge whilst providing opportunities for pupils to be challenged.  The topics and activities covered are as follows:

  • Body Systems
  • Light and Sound
  • Metals and Compounds
  • Cell Biology
  • Research and Investigation tasks.

S4 Bioscience



Biology

S2 Biology

Biology in second year builds upon the level 3 experiences and outcomes from S1. Topics covered include

  • Body Systems
  • Health Technology
  • Biotechnology

S3 Biology

Third year Biology covers all level 3 experiences and outcomes and develops understanding at level 4. This prepares pupils for their National Courses. Topics covered include

  • Cells and Enzymes
  • Multicellular Organisms
  • Life Sciences

National 4/5 Biology

The course covers major areas of biology ranging from cellular to whole organism and up to ecosystems. The key areas of biodiversity, interdependence, body systems and cells and inheritance are developed through the course.

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Higher Biology

The Higher Biology Course offers a broad and up-to-date selection of concepts and ideas relevant to the central position of life science within our society. Learners develop a deeper understanding of the underlying themes of biology — evolution and adaptation; structure and function; genotype and niche — and the scale of topics ranges from molecular through to whole organism and beyond. Learners develop scientific inquiry and investigative skills, scientific analytical thinking and evaluation skills, and the ability to understand and use scientific literacy to communicate ideas and issues.

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Chemistry

S2 Chemistry

Chemistry in second year builds upon the level 3 experiences and outcomes from S1. Topics covered include

  • Chemical Reactions
  • Elements and Compounds
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Earth Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry

S3 Chemistry

Third year Chemistry covers all level 3 experiences and outcomes and develops understanding at level 4. This prepares pupils for their National Courses. Topics covered include

  • Reaction Rates
  • Atom Structure
  • Bonding and Compounds
  • PH
  • Exothermic/Endothermic Reactions
  • Fuels

National 4/5

The course enables learners to develop and apply knowledge and understanding of chemistry. Learners also develop an understanding of chemistry’s role in scientific issues and relevant applications of chemistry, including the impact these could make in society and the environment.

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Higher

The Higher Chemistry Course develops learners’ curiosity, interest and enthusiasm for chemistry in a range of contexts. The skills of scientific inquiry and investigation are developed throughout the Course, and the relevance of chemistry is highlighted by the study of the applications of chemistry in everyday contexts.

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Physics

S2 Physics

S3 Physics

National 4/5

The course enables learners to develop a deeper understanding of physics concepts and the ability to describe and interpret physical phenomena using mathematical skills.

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Higher

The Higher Physics Course develops learners’ curiosity, interest and enthusiasm for physics in a range of contexts. The skills of scientific inquiry and investigation are developed throughout the Course, and the relevance of physics is highlighted by the study of the applications of physics in everyday contexts.

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