Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of the materials that make up our world. Chemistry is can be called the fundamental science as it provides essential knowledge for biology and physics. Pursuing chemistry can open many career paths for you, such as;

  • Industry – textiles, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food, brewing, oil refining, and many more. Almost every industry in Britain requires a chemist.
  • Forensic science – prevent and detect crime
  • Sport – enhance performance by developing new materials
  • Pathology – to help diagnose disease
  • Education – to teach or lecture
  • Environmental chemistry – monitor air quality and industrial emissions

A chemistry qualification lets you do almost anything.

Chemistry is the preferred entrance subject for the following degree courses –

  • Agriculture, Anatomy, Animal science
  • Biochemistry, Chemistry, Colour chemistry
  • Dentistry, Food science, Environmental chemistry
  • Forensic science, Forestry, Marine chemistry
  • Medicine, Medicinal & pharmaceutical chemistry
  • Neuroscience, Pathology, Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy, Physiology, Soil science
  • Toxicology, Veterinary science

Chemistry is offered at National 4, National 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher. Some general information about the courses is given below and more can be found on the SQA Chemistry website https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/45720.html

National 4 National 5 Higher Advanced Higher
3 Units:

– Chemical changes and structure

– Nature’s Chemistry

– Chemistry in Society

3 Units:

– Chemical changes and structure

– Nature’s Chemistry

– Chemistry in Society

3 Units:

– Chemical changes and structure

– Nature’s Chemistry

– Chemistry in Society

4 units:

– Electronic structure and the periodic table

– Principles of chemical reactions

– Organic chemistry

– Chemical investigations

Pupils must pass 3 unit assessments and complete an assignment (AVU) to gain their course award. These are internally assessed. Pupils must pass a final exam which accounts for 80% of their final mark and an assignment which is externally assessed which accounts for the other 20%. Pupils must pass a final exam which accounts for 80% of their final mark and an assignment which is externally assessed which accounts for the other 20%. Pupils must pass a final exam worth 75% of their final mark and complete a research project worth the other 25% of their final mark.
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