The Higher Chemistry Course develops learners’ curiosity, interest and enthusiasm for chemistry in a range of contexts.
The skills of scientific inquiry and investigation are developed throughout the Course, and the relevance of chemistry is highlighted by the study of the applications of chemistry in everyday contexts.
The Higher Chemistry syllabus consists of 3 mandatory, 40 hour units and 40 hours flexible learning which are:-
Chemical Changes and Structure (20 hours)
controlling the rate, periodicity, structure and bonding.
Researching Chemistry (20 hours)
Learners will develop skills associated with collecting and synthesising information from a number of different sources. Equipped with knowledge of standard laboratory apparatus, they will plan and undertake a practical investigation related to a chosen chemistry topic.
Nature’s Chemistry (40 hours)
esters, fats and oils, proteins, the chemistry of cooking, oxidation of food, soaps detergents and emulsions, fragrances and skincare products.
Chemistry in Society (40 hours)
getting the most from reactants, equilibria, chemical energy, oxidising and reducing agents, and chemical analysis.
Whether you choose to follow a chemistry related career or not, Higher Chemistry is highly regarded by employers as this course also develops numeracy and problem-solving skills and starts to build a good awareness of commercial cosiderations in manufacturing. The course will also allow you to better understand the chemistry behind the products you buy.
Internal Assessment – assessed by the class teacher
To pass a unit each pupil must achieve 3 outcomes:
Outcome 1 – Planning, carrying out and reporting on an experiment / practical investigation
Outcome 2.1 – Assessment of knowledge from each key area of the unit
Outcome 2.2 – Assessment of problem solving skills
Outcome 1 and outcome 2.2 are transferable between units and so only need to achieved once. Outcome 2.1 must be achieved for each unit.
If an outcome is not achieved pupils will be offered support and an opportunity for reassessment.
External Assessment – assessed by the SQA
The course assessment is made up of two components:
Component 1 – Question Paper (Exam) 100 marks
Component 2 – Assignment 20 marks
Recording & Reporting
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