Glenrothes High School

Glenrothes High School

Aspiring to Excellence and Improving Life Chances for All
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  • Welcome to the Glenrothes High School website
  • Wednesday lunchtime drop in at The Glen (left before PE)
  • Christmas Lunch Wednesday 12th Dec
  • S1-3 Christmas Party Mon 17th Dec 6pm-9pm S4-6 Winter Formal Thursday 20th Dec 7pm-9pm
  • NHS CAMHS session for parents/carers on looking after you own wellbeing Mon 10th Dec 3pm-4pm


Junior and Senior Pupils Will Learn The Following Skills in Biology.

  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding by making statements, describing information, explaining and integrating knowledge.
  • Applying knowledge to new situations, interpreting information and solving problems.
  • Planning, designing and safely carrying out experiments/investigations to test given hypotheses or to illustrate particular effects.
  • Carrying out experimental procedures safely, recording observations and collecting data.
  • Selecting and presenting information.
  • Selecting and processing information in a variety of forms (using calculations and units, where appropriate).
  • Making predictions and generalisations based on evidence/information.
  • Drawing valid conclusions and giving explanations supported by evidence/justification.
  • Suggesting improvements to experiments/investigations and communicating findings/information.

SQA Information

Link to SQA site for Nat 4, Nat 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Biology for past papers and guidelinesWeb icon

Link to SQA site for Higher Human Biology for past papers and guidelines Web icon


Junior Pupils will study the following topics.

Cell Biology:
Learning about the tiny building blocks of life by looking at the types of cells found in animals and plants. As well as Chromosomes, DNA and inheritance, (help solve Forensic Investigations!).


Multi-cellular Organisms:
Learning about the human machine and how it works: Physiology homeostasis. Behaviour Growth and development. Organs and systems in the human body.



Life on Earth:
Learn about biosphere, nutrient cycles, biodiversity and plants as food factories




Note: Assessment will be based on work carried out throughout the course, including experimental skills.

Senior Pupils will study the following topics.

National 4/5                               Higher Human Biology                                 Advanced Higher
Cell Biology                                Human Cells                                                 Cells and Proteins

Multicellular Organisms            Physiology and Health                                 Organism and Evolution
Life on Earth                              Neurobiology and Communication              Investigative Biology
                                                    Immunology and Health      


What careers are available?

Life Science (particularly in Scotland) Research & development (industry/academia) / Lecturer Clinical biochemistry/immunology/microbiology / Technical e.g. quality control, research technician Specialist e.g. ecologist, pollution control, bioinformatician / Medical doctor/nurse/physiotherapist / Patent attorney / Regulatory affairs / Technology transfer / Teaching Science communication /journalism /publishing / Research management. Web icon