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Mrs Montgomery helping an S4 pupil in biology

The study of life is an important science in the modern world. It allows us to understand the workings of living things, including ourselves. It also helps us to appreciate the value of the natural resources of the earth, and how we can fairly and safely use these.

The Biology Course in S1, S2 and S3

From S1 until the end of S3, all pupils will experience a broad general education where they will work across the experiences and outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence.

In S1 and S2, all pupils currently have three periods of Science every week, which covers experiences and outcomes relating to all three sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. You can find out more on the S1 and S2 science webpage.

In S3, pupils are given the opportunity to choose which two of the Sciences they wish to specialise in. For full details of the choices available, see the S3 Coursing Handbook.  Courses in S3 will deliver experiences and outcomes, which will prepare pupils for appropriate National Qualifications in S4. 

The S3 Biology course is designed to give an understanding of ourselves and the world in which we live. Biology is an increasingly important subject in the modern world and advances in new technologies have made Biology more exciting than ever. Biology affects everyone through medical science and helps us find solutions to many of the world’s problems.

The key areas pupils will study are:

  • Cell Biology – e.g. plant and animal cell, photosynthesis and respiration
  • Multi-cellular Organisms – e.g. organs, health and disease
  • Life on Earth – e.g. biodiversity, sampling organisms and behaviour

In studying these key areas pupils will aim to become successful learners by taking responsibility for their own learning. A variety of teaching strategies will be used, including active and collaborative learning as well as giving pupils the opportunity to develop their scientific inquiry skills. Careers with a Biological basis include Nursing, Beauty Therapy, Agriculture and Forestry, Conservation, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Teaching and many more.

Pupils will be working on Experiences and Outcomes at Third and Fourth Level. This course prepares pupils for qualifications in Biology at National 4 or National 5 in S4.

Biology courses in S4, S5 and S6

IMiss Bocian demonstrates an experimentn the Senior phase, pupils work on courses that lead towards National Qualifications at the end of S4, S5 and S6.

In S4, pupils can choose to take four periods per week of Biology. For full details of the courses available, see the S4 Coursing Handbook. Courses currently offered in the Biology department in S4 lead to awards in:

  • Biology at National 3, National 4 and National 5 levels

The key areas pupils will study are:

  • Cell Biology – e.g. plant and animal cell, photosynthesis and respiration
  • Multi-cellular Organisms – e.g. organs, health and disease
  • Life on Earth – e.g. biodiversity, sampling organisms and behaviour

In studying these key areas pupils will aim to become successful learners by taking responsibility for their own learning. A variety of teaching strategies will be used, including active and collaborative learning as well as giving pupils the opportunity to develop their scientific inquiry skills. 

In S5 and S6, pupils can choose to take courses in the Biology department. Each course takes five periods per week. For full details of the courses available, see the S5/6 Coursing Handbook. Courses currently offered in the Biology department in S5 and S6 lead to awards in:

  • Biology at National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher levels.
  • Human Biology at Higher level.
Mrs Bennett doing a class demonstrationS4 pupils working in biology

 

Meet the Staff

Miss C Bocian
Miss C Philp,
Principal Teacher (Curriculum)
(Sciences)
Mrs L Montgomery
Mrs L Montgomery,
Teacher of Biology
Mrs A MacDonald
Mrs A MacDonald,
Teacher of Biology
Miss J Cunningham
Miss J L Cunningham,
Teacher of Biology
Miss H Starkey-Jones
Miss H Starkey-Jones,
Teacher of Biology

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Photographs: all newbattlehigh's public flickr photographs tagged with Biology

External Links

  • BBC Bitesize revision: National 4, National 5, Higher
  • The SCHOLAR Programme Login Page - all pupils studying Biology at Higher or Advanced Higher levels (or Higher Human Biology) will have been automatically registered for SCHOLAR. If you do not know your username (which is your SQA candidate number) or password, your class teacher should be able to help you.