S4 Chemistry

Chemistry is the science of matter; metals, plastics, of foods like carbohydrates and of fuels like petrol. In the Chemistry Course we look at the structure and reactions of these chemicals and many more.

There are cross curriculum area links with mathematics, technologies, social studies (Geography) and health and wellbeing.

The Chemistry suite of Courses will provide learners with opportunities to become successful, responsible and creative in their use of science and to develop important attitudes, including: creativity, flexibility and adaptability; enthusiasm and a willingness to learn; perseverance, independence and resilience; responsibility and reliability; and confidence and enterprise.

Due to the inter-disciplinary nature of the sciences, learners will benefit from studying chemistry along with the other science subjects, as this enhances their skills, knowledge and understanding.

The main aims of this Course are to:
• develop scientific and analytical thinking skills in a chemistry context
• develop problem solving skills in a chemistry context
• develop an understanding of chemistry’s role in scientific issues
• acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of chemistry concepts
• develop understanding of how chemical products are formed
• develop understanding of relevant applications of chemistry in society

The course covers the following areas:

Atoms, Acids and Alkalis (National 4)
Learners will use analytical techniques to develop skills and an awareness of ethical and environmental issues in a local and worldwide context. Learners will gain an understanding of how chemistry is involved in the cause, effect and resolution of these issues.

Chemistry (National 4)
Learners will use everyday products such as cosmetics, fuel and food to develop skills and an understanding of the applications of chemistry to everyday life, while considering environmental and ethical implications.

Chemistry in Society (National 4)
Learners will develop scientific and analytical thinking skills through investigating new materials and energy sources.

Chemistry: Added Value Unit (National 4)
Learners will draw on and extend the skills they have learned from across the other Units, and demonstrate the breadth of knowledge and skills acquired, in unfamiliar contexts and/or integrated ways.

At National 4 level all units are internally assessed.

Chemistry: Atoms, Acids and Alkalis (National 5)
Learners will build on detailed chemical concepts, utilising these in a variety of qualitative and quantitative analytical applications. The Unit develops skills and raises awareness of ethical and environmental issues in a local and international context, with learners gaining an understanding of how chemistry is involved in the cause, effect and resolution of these issues.
ethical implications.

Chemistry: Nature’s Chemistry (National 5)
Learners will build on the understanding of a variety of natural resources and associated products to gain knowledge and develop skills. Learners can then apply these skills when considering the ethical and environmental implications of the application of chemical knowledge to fuelling and feeding a modern society.

Chemistry: Chemistry in Society (National 5)
Learners will be introduced to fundamental chemical concepts and apply skills in a variety of areas, such as the development and use of novel and new materials, including forms of energy generation.

At National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher, the added value will be assessed in the Course assessment.
Assessment of the course will be provided from submitted coursework and an external exam.