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The Environmental Science courses are offered largely by the Biology department but where possible delivery is shared with colleagues from the Geography and other Science departments.
Accommodation comprises of three laboratories, a technician's laboratory and a Science base. School grounds and field visits are also used when possible and appropriate.
- S1-3. Whilst there are no specific Environmental Science courses from S1-3, several of our courses incorporate topics covering issues of environmental interest, eg ‘Planet Earth’ and ‘Climate Change’ topics in S1/2 Science, ‘Environment’ topic in S3 Biology.
- National 4/5 Environmental Science
- CfE Higher Environmental Science
N4/5 Environmental Science is offered to S4/S5 & S6 and is taught over 5 periods a week. Higher Environmental Science is offered to S5/6 and is taught over 5 periods a week.
National 4/5 Environmental Science– students will be expected to have demonstrated a minimum standard of knowledge and problem solving skills in at least one of the S3 discrete Science subjects. If students are enrolling in S5 or S6 entry will be considered on an individual basis in discussion with Environmental Science staff.
Higher Environmental Science – because of the diverse nature of the course, and of the subject pathways of students, entry requirements are flexible but students will normally be expected to have attained National 5 level awards in at least one relevant subject, eg Biology or Geography. Prospective students should discuss their potential application to the course with Environmental Science staff.
Aims of Environmental Science
The Environmental Science staff strive to inspire and cultivate an interest in environmental science for all students. We aim to provide a broad environmental education not only to encourage students to lead a scientifically informed sustainable lifestyle but also to prepare those aspiring to university level study.
The courses we offer will help give you a scientific understanding of important and topical environmental issues that affect us all in the modern world. You will investigate key areas of the living environment such as biodiversity and the relationships between plants and animals and their non-living surroundings. You will also find out about how we as humans use a wide variety of resources from the Earth, be they plant, animal or mineral, and you will explore ways in which we can utilise those resources sustainably.
Our courses will allow you to use knowledge and skills from many other subjects including Biology, Geography, Chemistry, Physics and Modern Studies, and from your general knowledge and experiences of living in the rural environment in and around Kelso. You will be encouraged to take a problem solving approach to attempt to develop solutions that prevent or reverse environmental deterioration and aim for sustainable practices.
Life After Biology at Kelso High School...
There are many vocational and professional environmental-based career opportunities. Many of our students have left KHS to successfully pursue a variety of such careers including environmental science, conservation, agriculture and the oil industry.
Click here to be inspired by what some of our former students have been up to since leaving KHS.