S3 Biology

The aim of this year in Biology is to build on the third level Science developed in S1/2 and allow learners to attain fourth level in many Science experiences and outcomes this year.  For more details of the Curriculum for Excellence levels search for cfe sciences.

S3 Biology year plan 201617
After studying Biology in the context of general Science many pupils enjoy the chance to study the subject using high quality resources with teachers whose background is specific to Biology.   Our third year course is intended to build an awareness of the importance of Biology in everyday life but also be sufficiently challenging to make pupils aware of the academic rigour that is needed to take the subject further.


Biology, the study of living organisms, plays a crucial role in our everyday existence, and is an increasingly important subject in the modern world. Advances in technologies have made this varied subject more exciting and relevant than ever. Biology in S3 aims to enthuse learners in a range of areas whilst also developing vital scientific inquiry and problem solving skills. Over the year we hope that learners will be interested, challenged and amazed at the biology around us!



The three main areas covered over the year are:

Investigating Cells

 -Living cells

-Diffusion and osmosis

-Cell division



Investigating Multi-cellular Organisms


-Sexual and asexual reproduction


-Growth and development investigations

-Ethics in Biology


Investigating Ecosystems

-Carbon Cycle- Respiration and Photosynthesis

-Sampling an ecosystem

-Biodiversity and Adaptations


Homework is issued approximately once every two weeks and each of the above units has an end of term test.  Their year report to be issued in November will be based on the first of these tests as well impressions on how well pupils are settling in class.

Next year pupils may choose National 4 or National 5 in Biology or pick up these qualifications in S5/6.    The third year parents evening in March will allow a chance to discuss which level would be most appropriate for your son or daughter.  We will not be offering a national 4/5 class so it is important that pupils use this year wisely to if they wish to pursue National 5 in future.  The S3 report will give an indication if a learner is not achieving their potential.

Martyn Crawshaw

PT Sciences