Science - Broad General Education

All of our S1 learners study all 3 sciences providing them with opportunities to develop their: scientific knowledge and understanding; experimental techniques; scientific literacy and problem solving skills. Learners start by studying the building blocks of the three main sciences: Particles, Energy and Cells & Systems and then consider Heat, the Periodic Table and Reproduction. This is followed in S2 with: Space and Light; Biodiversity & Photosynthesis; Chemical Changes; Electricity; Earth’s Materials and Biotechnology.

If pupils have satisfactorily completed their level 3 work by the end of S2 then pupils can choose Biology, Chemistry and Physics in S3. These courses lead to National 4 or 5 Awards by the end of S4. We also have the Science course that provides consolidation of Level 3 work and leads to a National 3 or 4 Award in Science at the end of S4.

Biology courses will enable learners to:

Cover the major areas of biology including cellular, whole organism and ecosystems. The key areas of biodiversity, interdependence, body systems and cells and microbiology are developed throughout.

Chemistry courses will enable 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.

Physics courses will enable learners to:

Develop their curiosity, interest and enthusiasm for physics in a range of contexts. The skills of scientific inquiry and investigation are developed throughout the courses, and the relevance of physics is highlighted by the study of the applications of physics in everyday contexts.


  • Physics is required for many HE courses in the Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology. Physics may also support Chemistry and some biological subjects.
  • Chemistry is important for entry to HE courses in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy and many Biological, Medical and Biochemical subjects.
  • Biology is often needed for HE courses in Biological Sciences (e.g. Plant Science, Marine Biology, Microbiology and Zoology) and may be required or preferred for training in certain health professions (e.g. Midwifery, Medicine, Nursing, Podiatry, Physiotherapy, and Speech and Language Therapy).
    Career Information Websites
    Institute of Physics
    Royal Society of Biology
    Royal Society of Chemistry
    All Sciences