S5 / S6 Chemistry

Chemistry - Higher
Chemistry - Advanced Higher

Chemistry - Higher

General

Higher chemistry is a wide ranging course that covers a number of aspects of chemistry in depth. There are a broad range of theory and practical elements to the course. This makes it an interesting, varied and rewarding course for anyone considering chemistry as part of their career choice and as a stand alone higher.

Higher Chemistry is a requirement for university courses in pure and applied chemistry, chemical engineering and biochemistry. It is desirable for students of medicine,vetinary science, pharmacy, dietetics, food science and environmental science.

The course expands previous knowledge covered in standard grade, covering the principles in greater depth. This includes areas such as chemical feedstocks and fuels, biochemistry, the periodic table, and the mole concept.

Homework
Entry requirements:

Normally a minimum of Grade 2 in both the Knowledge and Understanding and Problem Solving elements at Standard Grade.

Course Structure and Content
Higher Chemistry comprises 3 Units of work:

Unit 1: Energy Matters - Reaction rates, Enthalpy, Patterns in the Periodic table,
Bonding, Structure and Properties and the Mole concept.

Unit 2: The World of Carbon - Fuels, Nomenclature and Structural Formulae,
Reactions of carbon compounds, Uses of carbon compounds, Polymers and Natural products.

Unit 3: Chemical Reactions - The Chemical Industry, Hess’s Law, Equilibrium,
Acids and Bases, Redox reactions and Nuclear chemistry.

The units include practical work which illustrates the concepts being taught and which provides experience of a range of laboratory techniques and report writing.

Nature and Timing of Assessment

The units are approached consecutively, and there is an end of unit assessment for each one. A prelim exam, covering the work of Units 1 & 2 will take place in February, and a further prelim, covering mainly the work of Unit 3, at the end of March.
The full course assessment by SQA is taken by pupils at the end of their course in May. In Chemistry there is one paper, lasting two and a half hours.

Chemistry - Advanced Higher

General

This course is particularly suitable for students who wish to progress to degree courses either in chemistry itself or chemistry related subjects including medicine, chemical engineering, and the environmental and health sciences.

The course can provide a sound foundation for direct entry into chemistry-related employment.

In general, Advanced Higher Chemistry expands the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the physical and natural environments.

The course further develops theories introduced at higher level.

The course also develops the skills of independent study and thought that are essential in a wide range of occupations.

Entry requirements

A pass at Higher grade B is necessary for entry to the course. A high level of self-motivation is also required to cope successfully with the demands of the course.

Course Structure and Content

Advanced Higher Chemistry comprises 4 Units of work:

Unit 1 - Electronic structure and the periodic table 20 hrs
Unit 2 - Principles of chemical reactions 40 hrs
Unit 3 - Organic chemistry 40 hrs
Unit 4 - Chemical investigation 20 hrs

The units include practical work which illustrates the concepts being taught and which provides training in a range of laboratory techniques and report writing.

Assessment

The investigation is assessed by a detailed report to be submitted to the SQA, supported by a systematic record of work and planning.
The units are approached consecutively, and there is an end of unit assessment for each one. A prelim exam, covering the work of Units 1 & 2 will take place in February, and a further prelim, covering mainly the work of Unit 3, at the end of March.
The full course assessment by SQA is taken by pupils at the end of their course in May. In Chemistry there is one paper, lasting two and a half hours.