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Chemistry

National 5 Chemistry

Chemistry helps us understand the world around us by looking at how substances interact with each other. In everyday life, Chemistry is used to make new substances by carrying out chemical reactions. Chemists help provide us with essential products including plastics, fuels, metals, dyes, flavourings for foods and medicines.

Chemistry provides essential skills and knowledge for progression into many Careers and College & University Courses. These include Laboratory Work, Medicine, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Oil Industry, Renewable Energy, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Teaching and many more.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT:

This course is suitable for progression from BGE Science.

The course may also be suitable for pupils with National 5 Biology or Physics.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE:

The course has three units of study:

Unit 1 - Chemical Changes and Structure

  • Rates of Reaction
  • Atomic Structure
  • Bonding & Structure of Elements and Compounds
  • Acids & Alkalis

Unit 2 - Nature’s Chemistry

  • Fuels & Hydrocarbons
  • Everyday Consumer Products

Unit 3 - Chemistry in Society

  • Nuclear Chemistry
  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Fertilisers

Content of the course relates to the impact of Chemistry on Society and the Environment, with the themes of sustainability and industry.

Teaching will consist of tutorial lessons, practical activities and active learning. There will be regular homework exercises and in class questions, relating to Examination Style Questions.

National 5 Chemistry provides a foundation for progression towards CfE Higher Chemistry.

Textbooks

Each student has been provided with a full course textbook to support their learning this year. This has been issued on the understanding that the book will be returned in good condition by the end of the academic year.

ASSESSMENT:

The National 5 course this year will be assessed internally form a range of evidence gathered through the academic year.  This will be based primarily on knowledge and understanding, applying scientific inquiry, scientific analytical thinking and problem solving skills.

CfE Higher Chemistry

Chemistry helps us understand the world around us by looking at how substances interact with each other. In everyday life, Chemistry is used to make new substances by carrying out chemical reactions. Chemists help provide us with essential products including plastics, fuels, metals, dyes, flavourings for foods and medicines.

Chemistry provides essential skills and knowledge for progression into many Careers and College & University Courses. These include Research, Medicine, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy, Oil Industry, Renewable Energy, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Teaching and many more.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT:

This course is suitable for those with an A-C in National 5 Chemistry.

In certain circumstances the course may also be suitable for pupils with National 5 (A or B) in Mathematics and National 5 (A or B) in Biology or Physics.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE:

The course has four units of study:

Unit 1 - Chemical Changes and Structure

  • Controlling Rates of Reactions
  • Trends in The Periodic Table
  • Bonding & Structure of Elements & Compound

Unit 2 - Nature’s Chemistry

  • Chemistry of Foods
  • Chemistry of Detergents & Fragrances

Unit 3 - Chemistry in Society

  • Chemical Industry
  • Energy in Chemistry
  • Chemical Analysis

Unit 4 - Researching Chemistry

Teaching will consist of tutorial lessons and practical activities. There will be regular homework exercises and in class questions, relating to Examination Style Questions. Students will be expected to carry out independent research to prepare for their Project.

CfE Higher Chemistry is designed for students who wish to follow a scientific career and is of immense value to students who intend continuing scientific studies.

Textbooks

Each student has been provided with a full course textbook to support their learning this year. This has been issued on the understanding that the book will be returned in good condition by the end of the academic year.

ASSESSMENT:

  • Candidates will undertake a final SQA exam which  is based primarily on knowledge and understanding, applying scientific inquiry, scientific analytical thinking and problem solving skills. 

CfE Advanced Higher Chemistry

Chemistry helps us understand the world around us by looking at how substances interact with each other. In everyday life, Chemistry is used to make new substances by carrying out chemical reactions. Chemists help provide us with essential products including plastics, fuels, metals, dyes, flavourings for foods and medicines.

Chemistry provides essential skills and knowledge for progression into many University Courses and Careers. These include Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Research, Oil Industry, Renewable Energy, Teaching and many more.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT:

This course is suitable for those with an award in Higher Chemistry at grades A-B.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE:

The course has three units of study:

Unit 1 - Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

Unit 2 - Organic Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis

Unit 3 - Researching Chemistry

Teaching will consist of tutorial lessons, practical activities and use of the Scholar programme. There will be regular homework exercises and in class questions, relating to Examination Style Questions. Students will be expected to carry out independent research and reading, particularly to prepare for their Project.

Advanced Higher is designed for students who wish to follow a scientific career and is of immense value to students who intend continuing scientific studies after leaving school.

ASSESSMENT:

  • Candidates will undertake a final SQA exam which  is based primarily on knowledge and understanding, applying scientific inquiry, scientific analytical thinking and problem solving skills. 

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