Chemistry Higher

Course Outline

The Higher Grade Chemistry course aims to make pupils aware of the chemical basis of the world around them - for example our food, clothes, modern medicines and the environment are all the results of chemistry in action. The course aims to show the contribution of chemistry to the quality of everyday life - searching for better fuels and better medicines and producing plastics and other useful new materials. Concern about the environment features strongly.  In common with the other sciences the course aims to develop the skills necessary to find solutions to problems.  The essence of scientific enquiry is problem solving and this features strongly in higher assessments. Practical work has an essential place in the course, acting as a stimulus to interest and enjoyment as well as illustrating the course material. The course is split up into 3 units called  ‘Chemical Changes and Structure, ‘Nature’s Chemistry’ and ‘Chemistry in Society’.

Assessment (SQA)

The course is assessed by a 100 mark exam and a 20 mark assignment. Various pieces of internal assessment need to be completed before students are allowed to sit the SQA exam.


Regular work at home is required as homework exercises are built in to the coursework.  Each unit contains a schedule of work where homework exercises are indicated and through which progress can be monitored. Learning the coursework on a regular basis is an essential part of the course and is required for success.

Progression Routes (Entry Requirements)

It is expected that students would have passed National 5 Chemistry before studying Higher Chemistry. Exceptions may be made for students who are gaining A grades in other science subjects.

A good pass in Higher will allow progression to Advanced Higher should continuing chemistry be an option.


For further information please contactDr. G. Armstrong, PT Chemistry