Advanced Higher Chemistry (Course Code: C813 77)

SCQF Level 7 (32 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?

This is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have attained one of the following:

What will I study?

The course comprises four areas of study.

Inorganic Chemistry 

You will study:

Physical Chemistry

You will study:

Organic chemistry and instrumental analysis

You will study:

Researching chemistry

You will study:

How will I be assessed?

The course assessment consists of two components totalling 135 marks:

For Component 2, you will carry out an in-depth investigation of a chemistry topic and produce a project-report.

Both the question papers and the project are set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across course assessment.

The course assessment is graded A-D.

Study Materials

SQA Past Papers Chemistry Advanced Higher
SQA Specimen Chemistry Advanced Higher Question Paper

What can I go on to next?

Further study, training or employment in:

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