CHEMISTRY - SENIOR PHASE 

Senior Phase - Higher/Advanced Higher

 

In their fifth and sixth year students can choose to further develop and deepen their knowledge of chemistry by studying initially at Higher level and then at Advanced Higher level.

 

Higher Chemistry develops Students’ curiosity, interest and enthusiasm for chemistry in a range of contexts. The skills of scientific inquiry and investigation are developed throughout the Course, and the relevance of chemistry is highlighted by the study of the applications of chemistry in everyday contexts.

 

Advanced Higher Chemistry develops students’ knowledge and understanding of the physical and natural environments beyond Higher level. The Course builds on Higher Chemistry and continues to develop the underlying theories of chemistry, and the practical skills used in the chemistry laboratory. 

 

Higher Chemistry is divided into four units:

 

1.         Chemical Changes and Structure

2.         Nature’s Chemistry

3.         Chemistry in Society

4.         Researching Chemistry

 

At Higher level, students will need to pass four unit assessments, write a scientific report and pass an external element. The external element is split into two sections: a written scientific assignment and an external exam at the end of the year.  It is recommended students achieve an A/B pass at Higher level to allow progress to Advanced Higher level in their sixth year.

 

Advanced Higher Chemistry is divided into three units:

 

1.         Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

2.         Organic Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis

3.         Researching Chemistry

 

At Advanced Higher level students will need to pass three unit assessments, an external exam and a scientific project.  They will then write a scientific report based on their projects, which also will be externally assessed.

 

More information on the course structure can be found on the SQA website.

Senior Phase - National 4/National 5

 

There are a number of learning pathways students can take in Chemistry during their senior phase based on their personal interests and requirements for further education.

 

National 4/National 5

 

In fourth year students can opt to achieve at either National 4 or National 5 level. The course covers all of the major areas of Chemistry. Students also develop an understanding of chemistry’s role in scientific issues and relevant applications of chemistry in society and the environment. Key topics include Chemical Reactions, Acids & Bases, Consumer Products, Nuclear Chemistry and Plastics.  

 

National 4/National 5 Chemistry are each studied over one year and explores the following three units:

 

1.      Chemical Changes and Structure

2.      Nature’s Chemistry

3.      Chemistry in Society

 

National 4 develops key knowledge and skills required to progress to National 5 level in fifth year or sixth year. At National 4, students are required to pass three unit assessments, write a scientific report and complete an assignment on a research topic, all of which is internally assessed.  On successful completion of the course students can progress to National 5 Chemistry.

 

National 5 students are required to pass three unit assessments, write a scientific report and pass an external element. The external element is split into two sections: a written scientific assignment and an external exam at the end of the year. It is recommended that an A/B pass is achieved in the external element to allow progress to Higher level in fifth year.

 

More information on the course structure can be found on the SQA website.