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Higher Chemistry (Course Code: C713 76)

SCQF Level 6 (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.

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally be expected to have:

What will I study?

This course develops scientific understanding of issues relating to chemistry, and uses the development of chemical theory to provide you with an extensive set of skills. Through application of a detailed knowledge and understanding of chemical concepts, in practical situations, you will develop an appreciation of the impact of chemistry on everyday life.

The course consists of four compulsory units and the course assessment unit.

Chemical Changes and Structure (3 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Researching Chemistry (3 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:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment (6 SCQF credit points)

The course assessment has two components:

The question paper will assess your breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills accumulated across the course. The question paper will be set and marked by SQA.

The assignment will assess the application of skills of scientific inquiry and related chemistry knowledge and understanding. 

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass all four units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.

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):

Highers in a Nutshell - Chemistry (CfE Higher)