The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.

Sir William Bragg (Nobel Prize 1915)

A dynamic and exciting environment

The Biology Department is highly successful and actively promotes a dynamic and exciting environment. We believe in learning by doing and pupils are encouraged to explore the sciences by immersing themselves in practical work. This can range from genetically engineering fluorescent green bacteria to animal behaviour experiments, anatomy club, biotechnology and ecological field work using the extensive grounds within Fettes.


We have four well-equipped and modern laboratories all with smart boards and wireless access, staffed by four highly qualified specialists and supported by two technicians. A well-stocked animal room and greenhouse are used extensively by pupils and we run an annual marine biology field trip to the Isle of Cumbrae as well as weekly trips into Edinburgh to hear lectures at institutions such as the Royal Society, Edinburgh University and Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Surgeons.


All Middle School pupils study IGCSE Edexcel Biology (I.G.C.S.E. syllabus) which is both an excellent introduction for those that will not continue pass sixteen as well as stretching the more scientific and able pupils who may wish to study Biology further.

In the Sixth Form, pupils may take IB Biology at either standard or higher level or A level Biology (Edexcel, Biology B).

All courses are supplemented with approximately 40 to 60 hours of practical work.

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