Science

Welcome to the Faculty of Science. Science is a subject at the cutting edge of scientific research and development and covers a range of topics from the human genome projects to conservation.

The staff of the Faculty of Science are as follows:

  • Mr J. Monaghan (Faculty Head)
  • Mrs M. Craw
  • Miss A.M. Smillie
  • Mr A. Tweedie
  • Mrs N. Lewis
  • Mr A. Moir
  • Mr J. Buchan
  • Mrs K. Toner
  • Mrs G. Abercrombie

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Aims of the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science aims to:

  • encourage pupils to think critically
  • enhance pupils problem solving ability
  • help pupils gain an appreciation of the scientific method
  • encourage citizenship
  • contribute to the general, formal, education of its pupils, through their involvement with the processes of scientific investigation.
  • contribute to the personal and social development of its pupils, through the development of relationships between staff and pupils, encouragement of positive social attitudes, and respect for pupils as individuals.
  • increase the awareness of pupils of their own bodies, and to enable them to make informed choices in regard to health.
  • stimulate interest in and respect for the environment.
  • develop the pupils' understanding of the implications of human activity for the environment.
  • improve pupils' ability to make value judgements of human activities.
  • develop an understanding of the role that the laws of nature make on their daily lives.
  • increase awareness of the role that materials make to the world around them
  • prepare candidates as fully as possible for examinations administered by external agencies.

Courses

As part of a broad general education, pupils in S1 and S2 follow an integrated science course. Pupils will focus on developing the knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and capabilities detailed in the experiences and outcomes. Assessment in the sciences will focus on learners’ knowledge, understanding, skills, attributes and capabilities in the significant aspects of learning of:

1. Planet Earth
2. Forces, electricity and waves
3. Biological systems
4. Materials
5. Topical science
6. Inquiry and investigative skills
7. Scientific analytical thinking skills
8. Skills and attributes of scientifically literate citizens.

Our science course is designed so that pupils can see the overlaps between disciplines and to make links with other curricular areas.

National Qualifications

Pupils can elect to study science disciplines in more depth through the choices process. They can choose to study 1, 2 or all 3 of the science disciplines to National 5 level by the end of S4, up to higher by the end of S5 and Advanced Higher by the end of S6. Pupils can also continue with a broad science course up to the end of S4 up to national 4 level. This allows clear pathways for progression and gives pupils the opportunity to undertake work at a standard that is appropriate to their age and stage.

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Why Study Biology ?

Biology tells us about the natural world around us which we are all part of. It can also tell us about the physical makeup of our bodies which enables us to produce cures and treatments for many diseases.

There are a variety of careers available with a biology background. These include:

  • Forensic Science: helping the police with crime investigation.
  • Healthcare: working in the hospital laboratories.
  • Research: the development of new drugs and treatments for diseases.
  • Environmental Management and Conservation: Park rangers and zoo keepers.
  • Biotechnology: Production of alternative fuel sources and medicines.
  • Polictics and Policy statements: Science advisors to government and businesses.
  • Scientific Journalists: To write reports on the new scientific developments.
  • Genetic counsellors: to council patients on genetic disorders which run in families.
  • Art work: to provide illustrations for biological textbooks.

"The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw the bad ones away"

Dr. Linus Pauling


Why Study Chemistry ?

Not all chemists wear white coats!

There is incredible diversity in the range of jobs taken up by people who achieve professional qualifications in Chemistry. A small selection of chemistry-related careers include:

  • Chemistry
  • Ethnobotany
  • Environmental Law
  • Patent Law
  • Technical Writing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Oceanography
  • Software Design
  • Space Exploration
  • Government Policy
  • Forensic Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Metallurgy
  • Ceramics Industry
  • Plastics Industry
  • Paper Industry
  • Medicine
  • Teaching
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Geochemistry
  • Agrochemistry
  • Military Systems

Why Study Physics ?

Physics is at the heart of everything and is a highly rewarding discipline to study at school, university and beyond. Above all physics opens doors to a wide variety of careers. That is a bold statement, perhaps, but one that can be justified.

Physics explores questions like how did the universe begin? How will it end? What is a black hole? Is time travel possible? If you have an enquiring mind, always asking why things happen, then physics will help you find the answers. It forms the basis of most modern technologies and holds the future to global well being.





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The career opportunities available are as vast as the subject itself due, in part, to the transferable skills gained whilst studying physics. It is these transferable skills that make the difference between an employee who is merely satisfactory and one who will significantly improve the performance of the organisation concerned.
Employers see a Physics qualification as an indication of someone who will immediately be an asset to the organisation. This is because physics requires the following attributes:

  • A logical and numerate mind
  • The ability to solve problems
  • Communication skills, developed through report-writing and presentations
  • Computing and practical skills
  • Teamwork and flexibility (essential for lab work and projects)

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Careers in Science

Science is an extremely practical, applications lead discipline. Recent studies have shown that over your lifetime you could earn £98,000 more than some other graduates.

  • Acoustics
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Airline Pilot
  • Archaeologist
  • Architect
  • Astronomer
  • Audio Engineer
  • Broadcasting
  • Cartographer
  • Chartered Surveyor
  • Civil Engineer
  • Climatologist
  • Clinical Scientist
  • Computing
  • Designer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Gas Engineer
  • Geologist
  • Health Services
  • Journalist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Marine Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Medical Physicist
  • Meteorologist
  • Naval Career
  • Nuclear Scientist
  • Oceanographer
  • Operational Research
  • Patent Agent
  • Patent Examiner
  • Radiation Protection
  • Radiographer
  • Space and Remote Sensing
  • Teacher
  • Transport
  • Water Management