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Science

Biology

  • Mrs Bocian 
  • Dr G Wilson
  • Dr Lawrence
  • Ms K Munro

 Chemistry

  • Dr P Wilson
  • Mr Stewart

Physics

  • Mr MacDonald (PTC)
  • Mr Winhall

Psychology

  • Dr G Wilson

Broad General Education

In S1/2 all learners study the BGE Science course which covers aspects of all 3 scientific disciplines and provides them with the opportunities to develop their scientific knowledge and understanding as well as learn new skills, both of which lay a foundation for the study of individual Sciences at exam level in later years. Learners start with the study of Building Blocks, looking at matter, elements and cells and move on to consider Life on Earth, Staying Healthy, Chemicals in Action, Energy and Applications of Science.

In S3 learners can choose discrete Science subjects and the S3 BGE Science courses continue to deepen the learners’ knowledge and understanding in the Sciences and develop further the essential skills of scientific enquiry and literacy needed for the National courses the young people can study in S4 and beyond.

In the Senior Phase learners choose to study discrete Sciences - Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These courses are offered at National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher levels. (Currently we offer Higher Human Biology) Additionally, Psychology is offered at Higher level.

Biology courses will enable learners to:

  • Develop an interest and enthusiasm for Biology
  • Develop an understanding of the role of Biology in relation to the scientific issues that affect our daily lives
  • Establish a foundation for further study of Biology by improving knowledge and understanding and by developing skills

Biology provides essential skills and knowledge for progression into many University Courses and Careers. These include Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Research, Teaching and many more.

Chemistry helps us understand the world around us by looking at how substances interact with each other. In everyday life, Chemistry is used to make new substances by carrying out chemical reactions. Chemists help provide us with essential products including plastics, fuels, metals, dyes, flavourings for foods and medicines.

Chemistry provides essential skills and knowledge for progression into many University Courses and Careers. These include Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Research, Oil Industry, Renewable Energy, Teaching and many more.

Physics provides pupils with an insight into the underlying nature of our world and its place in the universe. From the study of the electrical and heat energy used in our society, to the exploration of space, it covers a range of applications of the relationships that have been discovered through experiment and calculation, including those used in modern technology.

Advances in physics mean that our view of what is possible is continually being updated. This course enables learners to understand the processes behind scientific advances, and to appreciate and contribute to topical scientific debate. It also aims to give all learners the opportunity to develop their interest in, and understanding of, the Laws of the Universe. The course is built around investigative tasks, developing the skills required to become creative, inventive and enterprising in a world where the skills and knowledge gained by physicists are in demand across all sectors of society today.

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Beeslack Community High School
Edinburgh Road
Penicuik
Midlothian
EH26 0QF

Phone

01968 678 060

Email

beeslack.hs@midlothian.gov.uk