The Biology courses aim to generate and develop learners’ interest, curiosity and enthusiasm for Biology and its impact on today’s society.

Through the study of Biology, within a relevant and modern context, learners will;

  • gain knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of Biology
  • investigate the living world in an engaging and enjoyable way
  • develop skills of scientific inquiry and analysis through challenging experimental work.
  • apply their knowledge to areas of Biology such as medicine, the environment and sustainability
  • demonstrate an informed view of complex and ethical Biological issues.
  • enhance their problem solving skills,
  • have opportunities to think creatively, analytically and independently.
  • have opportunities to develop a wide range of skills such as practical, research and communication.

Courses on offer:

  • S1/2/3 CfE Broad General Education
  • National 4 Biology
  • National 5 Biology
  • Higher Human Biology
  • Advanced Higher Biology


The Biology Department currently runs a range of courses to suit pupils of different stages and abilities. In our current S3, students will learn level 4 CfE outcomes which will be developed into related National 4 or 5 outcomes as appropriate. Students can then opt to continue in S4 with National 4 or National 5 biology, dependent on their performance in S3. For S5 or S6 pupils we offer Higher Human Biology, progressing to Advanced Higher Biology in S6.

What course should you choose?

Pupils will be recommended to take either National 4 Biology or National 5 Biology in S4 based on progress in S3. This choice is also available to S5 pupils. Pupils with National 4 passes may choose National 5 Biology. Pupils with A-C grades in National 5 Biology may choose the Higher Human Biology course although those with a C grade may have to take this course over 2 years. Pupils who have not previously studied Biology should speak to the Principal Teacher and their guidance teacher to determine the best level of study. Generally a pupil opting for the Higher course without having previously studied the subject would be expected to have a good A/B higher attainment in at least 4 other subjects, particularly in Maths and English.