National 4 Chemistry (Course Code: C713 74)

SCQF Level 4 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Chemistry?

Chemistry is vital to everyday life and allows us to understand and shape the world in which we live. You will learn about the applications of chemistry in everyday contexts such as medicine, energy and industry, as well as its impact on the environment and sustainability. You will learn how to think creatively and independently, and analyse and solve problems.

Career Pathways

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Animals, Land and Environment


Health and Medicine

Manufacturing Industries

Science and Maths

Uniformed and Security Services

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

You will learn about how we use the Earth’s resources, the chemistry of everyday products and environmental analysis. You will find out how chemistry affects our environment and our everyday lives. This will help you to make your own decisions on contemporary issues where scientific knowledge is constantly developing.

The course has three compulsory units, plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills.

Chemical Changes and Structure (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Nature’s Chemistry (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Chemistry in Society (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Added Value Unit: Chemistry Assignment (6 SCQF credit points) - this is not mandatory for the 2022-23 session

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. Items of work might include:

You must pass all the units including the practical unit to gain the course qualification.

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Chemistry (National 4)