Principal Teacher
Mr E Obhielo

Depertment Staff
Mrs C Mennell
Our Vision
We aim, through an atmosphere of mutual respect, to provide a stimulating learning pathway which works with pupils to build on prior learning and, in activities suited to them, help them to do their best.

Welcome to Chemistry – A department of substance that gets results.

Chemistry is the science of matter. Anything that can be touched, tasted, smelled, seen or felt is made of chemicals. Why are these the way they are and how do they interact?

Course Information

* National 3, 4 and 5

Content of Course

Unit 1 – Chemical Changes and Structure— reaction rates, chemical structure (N3),  atomic structure and bonding (N4, N5), energy changes of chemical reactions (N4), formulae and reaction quantities (N5), acids and bases.

Unit 2 – Nature’s Chemistry—fuels (N3, N4), hydrocarbons (N4), homologous series (N5), everyday consumer products, plants to products (N4), energy from fuels (N5).

Unit 3 – Chemistry in Society—metals, properties of solutions (N3), properties of materials (N3, N4), properties of plastics (N5), fertilisers, nuclear chemistry (N4), chemical analysis.

* Higher

Content of Course:

The course comprises three units and a practical aspect. Study of Higher Chemistry will include:

Unit 1 – Chemical Changes and Structure – controlling the rate, periodicity, structure and bonding.

Unit 2 – Nature’s Chemistry – esters, fats and oils, proteins, chemistry of cooking, oxidation of food, soaps, detergents and emulsions, fragrances, skincare.

Unit 3 – Chemistry in Society – getting the most from reactants, equilibria, chemical energy, oxidising or reducing agents, chemical analysis.

* Advanced Higher

Content of Course:

The course comprises three units and a practical aspect. Study of Advanced Higher Chemistry will include:

Unit 1 – Inorganic and Physical Chemistry – electromagnetic radiation and atomic spectra, atomic orbitals, electronic configurations and the periodic table, shapes of molecules and polyatomic ions, transition metals, chemical equilibrium, reaction feasibility, kinetics.

Unit 2 – Organic Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis – molecular orbitals, molecular structure, stereochemistry, synthesis, experimental determination of structure, pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Unit 3 – Researching Chemistry – gravimetric analysis, volumetric analysis, practical skills and techniques, stoichiometric calculations. Please note this unit is mainly practical.

Career Relevance:

Chemistry is referred to as the central science linking into all the other sciences. In the job market, a Chemistry qualification will give you a head start by helping you to develop the problem solving and independent thinking skills employers are looking for.

Chemistry is necessary for careers in Biochemistry, Marine Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Food Science, Forestry, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Materials Science and Veterinary Medicine to name but a few!