Chemistry is the study of substances, what they’re made of, how they interact and what role they play in living things. In fact, it’s the study of all materials and is vital to every aspect of our lives. Not surprisingly, careers in Chemistry are exciting and enjoyable with lots of variety and opportunities.
Chemistry is often called the central science. It links with all the other sciences and has links with many branches of technology from the silicon chip to brewing.
The S2 course in Chemistry allows pupils to begin a programme of study in Chemistry leading initially to courses at Standard Grade or Intermediate 1 level in S3 and S4, with the possibility of further study at Higher or Intermediate 2 level in the upper school. Some students progress to Advanced Higher in S6.
Intermediate 1 Chemistry
This course is offered as an alternative programme of study in Chemistry to students in the middle school. It is aimed mainly at less able students who wish to continue to study Chemistry, but for whom Standard Grade might not be the most appropriate course. The course is undertaken on a 3 period per week basis over the 2 years of S3 and S4.
Intermediate 2 Chemistry
This course is offered as an alternative course to Higher Chemistry in S5. Students who wish to continue their Chemistry studies but who feel the big step to Higher may be too challenging often find this course an excellent stepping stone to studying Higher in S6.
Our course covers the three units as described in the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) “National Course Specification, 5th
Edition (June 2002)” and available online at www.sqa.org.uk
Advanced Higher Chemistry
Course materials used are from the series of Advanced Higher Chemistry titles produced by the Higher Still support programme for Chemistry and published by Learning and Teaching Scotland 2000.
A Chemical Investigation is usually carried out concurrently with the teaching of course work and normally would be completed in a period after Christmas.
In addition Advanced Higher students complete a range of prescribed practical activities throughout the course.
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