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BBC News - Science & Environment

World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

The revolutionary technology allows wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for current turbines.

Fukushima disaster: Robot finds possible melted nuclear fuel

An underwater robot spotted the lava-like rocks inside a reactor of Japan's destroyed nuclear plant.

Norfolk Broads python discovery mystery

A 12ft-long python found on the Norfolk Broads has still not been found.

Farm subsidies 'must be earned' - Michael Gove

Environment Secretary Michael Gove plans to pay farmers for protecting the environment and creating rural jobs.

Moon dust bag sold for $1.8m at New York auction

The bag was used by astronaut Neil Armstrong to collect the first ever samples of the Moon in 1969.

New Mexico boy trips over 1.2 million year old fossil

A 10-year-old boy's stumble unearthed a prehistoric skull, which he then got the chance to help excavate.

Black-winged stilts: Record year for UK breeding

The number fledging from the UK in 2017 is more than the total number for the previous 30 years.

Elephant seals 'recognise vocal rhythm'

Male elephant seals recognise the rhythm of one another's voices, researchers say.

US Republican asks Nasa if civilisation on Mars existed

A US congressman asked scientists if the Red Planet could have been occupied "thousands of years ago".

Poaching pushes pangolin closer to extinction

Pangolins in the forests of Africa are at risk of being pushed to extinction like their Asian relatives.

Australia human history 'rewritten by rock find'

Research shows Aboriginal people entered Australia up to 18,000 years earlier than thought.

Why dogs are friendly - it's written in their genes

Being friendly is in dogs' nature and could be key to how they were domesticated from wolves.

UK rhino eggs 'could save last northern whites'

A UK zoo is taking part in a radical plan to save the world's last northern white rhinos from extinction.

How did dogs become our best friends? New evidence

Dogs were tamed from a single wolf population between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago, a study suggests.

Mighty T. rex 'walked rather than sprinted'

New research suggests the dinosaur could go no faster than a very brisk walking pace.

Telescopes to reach nine billion light years away

New radio telescopes far more powerful than any used before aim to shed light on extra terrestrial activity.

Newquay is go!

World Land Speed record holder Andy Green looks forward to the first, low-speed runs of the Bloodhound supersonic car.

Will wildcat lynx be reintroduced to the UK?

The wildcat could be reintroduced into the UK for the first time in 1,300 years.

Ancient underwater forest found in US

Scientists have dated the trees to a previous ice age 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were far lower.

'Beam me up, Scotty'

Chinese scientists have "teleported" a photon particle to a satellite - could humans be next?

Gif and image written into the DNA of bacteria

Images and a short film are inserted into bacteria DNA and recovered with 90% accuracy.

Splitting the atom

The government is about to set out its position on membership of Europe's nuclear regulator after Brexit.

Lark or night owl? Blame your ancestors

Our ancestors could be to blame for the wide variety of human sleeping habits, from larks to night owls.

Fusion wait

We will have to wait until the second half of the century for fusion reactors to start generating electricity, experts have announced.

Zoo keepers

Galaxy Zoo is one of the most successful citizen science projects ever conceived. We look back at what it's achieved over 10 years.

Ribbiting stuff

The huge diversity of frogs we see today is mainly a consequence of the asteroid strike that killed off the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

Saving big cats

Amy Dickman has had some close shaves with big cats and humans while working with cheetahs and lions.

DNA data

Could an effort to gather genetic data from its population of one billion people help India take the lead in advanced healthcare?

Dino domination

A million-year-long period of volcanic activity led to the rise of the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

Desert wall?

Science reporter Victoria Gill joins researchers in Arizona to find out how President Trump's wall could affect endangered desert wildlife.

Course Information

S1/S2 Course

S3 Course

S4/5/6 Courses


Course Info


S1/2 Science


Information coming soon!



Course Info


S3 Physics

Physics is the study of the universe around us. It seeks to ask how and why things happen. The level 4 Physics course covers a wide range of topics from the tiny particles that make up all matter to space exploration. We will consider how physics impacts our everyday lives through experimentation and investigation. Physics allows you to understand how power stations generate electricity, why seat belts save lives, how a rocket works, and much more!

Below is a list of the topics you will cover:


About Science

Science is an important part of our heritage and we use its applications every day in our lives at work, at leisure and in the home.  Science and the application of science are central to our economic future and to our health and wellbeing as individuals and as a society.  Scotland has a long tradition of scientific discovery, of innovation in the application of scientific discovery, and of the application of science in the protection and enhancement  of the natural and built environment.  Children and young people are fascinated by new discoveries and technologies and become increasingly aware of, and passionate about, the impact of science on their own health and wellbeing, the health of society and the health of the environment.

Through learning in the sciences, children and young people develop their interest in, and understanding of, the living, material and physical world. They engage in a wide range of collaborative investigative tasks, which allows them to develop important skills to become creative, inventive and enterprising adults in a world where the skills and knowledge of the sciences are needed across all sectors of the economy.

What can learning in the Sciences achieve for young people?


How is the Science Framework Structured?

What are the features of effective learning and teaching in Science?

In the sciences, effective learning and teaching will use a variety of approaches, including: AiFL, collaborative and independent learning, ICT, discussion, debate, external contributors, cross-curricular experiences & links. Whenever applicable and possible, learning will be through experimentation and reinforcement aiming to assist the:

How do we build on prior knowledge?

What are the broad features of assessment in the Sciences?


Connections with other areas of the curriculum

Useful websites for information on careers using Sciences


www.iop.org (Institute of Physics)

www.iob.org (Institute of Biology)

www.rsc.org/studentzone (Royal Society of Chemistry)


Many other useful websites exist for the Sciences, ask your teacher for some advice.

Course Info


S4/5/6 Physics



Physics: Higher





This course reinforces and extends the knowledge and understanding of the concepts of physics and related problem solving skills and practical abilities acquired at the Intermediate 2 and Standard Grade level by providing a deeper insight into the structure of the subject.  The course endeavours to provide learning experiences leading to the acquisition of worthwhile knowledge, skills and attitudes.



Recommended Entry


While entry is at the discretion of the centre, students would normally be expected to have attained Standard Grade Physics at 1 or 2 (KU and PS) or Intermediate 2 Physics course or its component units and Standard Grade Mathematics at 1 or 2, or Intermediate 2 Mathematics course.



Course Details


The course comprises three mandatory units (3 x 40 hours) plus 40 hours flexible time.





Mechanics and Properties of Matter (H) 40 hours

Content outline: vectors, equations of motion, Newton’s second law of “energy and power”, momentum and impulse, pressure and density, gas laws.



Electricity and Electronics (H) 40 hours

Content outline: electric fields and resistors in circuits, alternating current and voltage, capacitance, analogue electronics.

Radiation and Matter (H) 40 hours

Content outline: waves, refraction of light, optoelectronics and semiconductors, nuclear reactions, dosimetry and safety.





Physics: Intermediate 2



This course develops knowledge and understanding, problem solving skills and practical abilities in physics to Intermediate 2 level.  It aims to develop the skills

Recommended Entry


While entry is at the discretion of the centre, students would normally be expected to have attained Standard Grade Physics at 3 or 4 (KU and PS) or Standard Grade Biology, Chemistry or Science at 1, 2 or 3 (KU or PS) or the Intermediate 1 Physics course or its component units and Standard Grade Mathematics at 3 or 4, or the Intermediate 1 Mathematics course.



Course Details

The course comprises four mandatory units (2 x 40 hours and 2 x 20 hours), plus 40 hours flexible time.  The knowledge and understanding and problem solving content is broadly similar to that of Standard Grade Physics although developed in a different context.  Where appropriate, some straightforward concepts from the Higher Physics course are introduced.





Mechanics and Heat (Int 2) 40 hours

Content outline: kinematics, dynamics, momentum and energy heat.


Electricity and Electronics (Int 2) 40 hours

Content outline: circuits, electrical energy, electromagnetism, electronic components.


Waves and Optics (Int 2) 20 hours

Content outline: waves, reflection, refraction.


Radioactivity (Int 2) 20 hours

Content outline: ionising radiations, dosimetry, half life and safety, nuclear reactions.