Course Level:  National 4

Chemistry is the study of the composition, properties and behaviour of matter. It is the central science that connects physics, geology and biology.  Chemistry is involved in the air we breathe ,the tasty food molecules  we eat, the soaps we use for washing,  fuels for vehicles , the multitude of plastics, sunscreens, your emotions and literally every object you touch or see!

The National 4 Chemistry course consists of 4 units:

Chemical Changes and Structure

Learners will develop skills and knowledge of the chemical reactions in our world. Learners will investigate rates of reaction, energy changes and the reactions of acids and alkalis.

Natures Chemistry

Learners will research the Earth’s rich supply of natural resources. They will investigate how fossil fuels are extracted and processed. Their effect on the environment and renewable sources of energy.

Chemistry in Society

Learners will focus on the chemical reactions, properties and applications of metals and alloys.  Learners will also compare and contrast the properties and applications of plastics and new materials.

Added Value Unit

Research based assignment internally assessed.

Course Level:  National 5


Chemistry, the study of matter and its interactions, contributes essential knowledge and understanding across all aspects of our lives.  Chemistry research is essential for the introduction of new products and a major contributor to the economy of this country.

The National 5 Chemistry course consists of 3 units:

Chemical Changes and Structure

At this level learners will investigate average rates of reactions, the chemistry of neutralisation reactions, mole concepts, bonding ,formulae and reaction quantities.

Nature’s Chemistry

At this level learners will investigate the physical and chemical properties of complex hydrocarbons and associated compounds. They will look at their everyday uses in everyday consumer products and compare the energy in different fuels.

Chemistry in Society

At this level learners will focus on the chemistry of metals, their bonding and uses. The manufacture of fertilisers and the use and effect of different types of radiation.  

Added Value

Research based assignment externally assessed.


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