Higher Chemistry

Why Chemistry?

The study of Chemistry at Higher can make an important contribution to your knowledge and understanding of the physical and natural world. The course provides a good basis for further study in Chemistry or related subjects, such as environmental and food sciences. It also provides valuable background knowledge for training in many areas of health and technology.

Entry to the Course

This is at the discretion of the school but you would normally be expected to have attained

  • National 5 Chemistry at C pass or above

and

  • National 5 Mathematics

Course outline

The purpose of the Course is to develop learners’ curiosity, interest and enthusiasm for chemistry in a range of contexts. The course is made up of four units:

Chemical Changes & Structure
This unit develops knowledge and understanding, problem solving skills and practical abilities in the context of

  • controlling reaction rates
  • patterns in the periodic table
  • bonding
  • structure and properties

Researching Chemistry

This Unit covers the key skills necessary to undertake research in chemistry. Learners will research the relevance of chemical theory to everyday life by exploring the chemistry behind a topical issue. Learners will develop the key skills associated with collecting and synthesising information from a number of different sources. Equipped with the knowledge of common chemistry apparatus and techniques, they will plan and undertake a practical investigation related to a topical issue.

Nature’s Chemistry
This unit develops knowledge and understanding, problem solving skills and practical abilities in the context of

  • organic chemistry within the context of food and everyday consumer products including fragrances, soaps and skincare.
  • nomenclature and structural formulae
  • reactions and uses of carbon compounds
  • polymers
  • natural products.

Chemistry in Society
This unit develops knowledge and understanding, problem solving skills and practical abilities in the context of Physical Chemistry, including:

  • the chemical industry
  • Hess’s Law
  • equilibrium
  • acids and bases
  • redox reactions
  • the atom economy of processes

Assessment

The course is assessed by a combination of internal assessment by the teacher/lecturer and an external examination, set and marked by the SQA.

Progression

Successful Completion of this course may lead to:

  • Advanced Higher in Chemistry
  • other qualifications in related areas
  • further study, employment and/or training.

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