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Overview of the Science curriculum @PHS


Knowledge & skills

The S1-3 curriculum has been developed from national Experiences and Outcomes. Details of the specific content taught can be found below.


As well as teaching specific knowledge and skills, we aim to give students specific experiences. In the science curriculum, these include:

  • Participating in experiments

  • Investigating, individually and collaboratively

  • Evaluating data

  • Researching

  • Presenting Information



S1 have four periods of science per week. This is an integrated course, covering topics in biology, chemistry and physics. Classes are mixed ability.



In S2-3, students can choose to study one, two or three science courses - biology, chemistry and/or physics - each taught over two periods per week.

Alternatively, they can chose to study S2-3 science, integrated course, covering topics in biology, chemistry and physics. 



In S4-6, students can choose from a range of courses, including:


Nationals (N3-5)

  • Biology (N5)

  • Chemistry (N5)

  • Physics (N5)

  • Science (N3 and N5)


  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Human Biology

  • Physics


Advanced Highers

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Physics


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