Science Department - Chemistry - Highers/Advanced Highers
St. Margaret’s  High School

Higher Chemistry

What will I learn in this subject?

The Course will equip all learners with an understanding of the impact of chemistry on everyday life, and with the knowledge and skills to be able to reflect critically on scientific and media reports. This will also equip learners to make their own reasoned decisions on many issues within a modern society where the body of scientific knowledge and its applications and implications are ever developing.

They will study key chemical areas within situations of personal relevance using up-to-date contexts. Skills of scientific investigation, communication skills, literacy and numeracy are all developed within the Course. The Units offer opportunities for collaborative and independent learning, set within familiar and unfamiliar contexts, and for high-quality experimental work.
What skills will I have the opportunity to develop in this subject?
  • develop and apply knowledge and understanding of chemistry
  • develop an understanding of chemistry’s role in scientific issues and relevant applications of chemistry, including the impact these could make in society and the environment
  • develop scientific inquiry and investigative skills
  • develop scientific analytical thinking skills, including scientific evaluation, in a chemistry context
  • develop the use of technology, equipment and materials, safely, in practical scientific activities, including using risk assessments
  • develop planning skills
  • develop problem solving skills in a chemistry context
  • use and understand scientific literacy to communicate ideas and issues and to make scientifically informed choices
  • develop the knowledge and skills for more advanced learning in chemistry 
  • develop skills of independent working 

In this subject, what types of learning activities will I be involved in?

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.

How will my success as a learner be assessed?

All Units are internally assessed, they will be assessed on a pass/fail basis.

At Higher, the added value will be assessed in the Course assessment.

In the Higher Chemistry Course, the added value consists of: a question paper, which requires learners to demonstrate aspects of breadth, challenge and application; learners will apply breadth and depth of skills, knowledge and understanding from across the Course to answer questions in chemistry an assignment, which requires learners to demonstrate aspects of challenge and application; learners will apply skills of scientific inquiry, using related knowledge, to carry out a meaningful and appropriately challenging task in chemistry and communicate findings. A research unit involves: pupils having knowledge of general laboratory apparatus and being familiar with various techniques.

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