• Science

    Advanced Higher Chemistry

  • Eligible Schools:

    All Ayrshire schools

    This course is for school pupils only

  • Location/Day/Time

    Kilmarnock Campus

    Tuesday 11.15 am – 1.15 pm

    Thursday 9.00 am – 11.15 am

    Duration: 1 Year

  • Start Date

    From 10 Jun 2019

Who is the Course for

The Advanced Higher is for you if you have a real interest in chemistry and you are considering specialising in the subject at College or University.

The course aims to equip you with an understanding of the impact of chemistry on everyday life, and the knowledge and skills to be able to reflect critically on scientific publications and media reports concerning chemistry. By using the broad skills base and knowledge, and understanding of detailed chemistry key areas, you will become scientifically literate citizens. You will be able to review science-based claims and communicate in an evidence-based manner.

This also allows you to make your own reasoned decisions on many issues within a modern society increasingly dependent on chemistry, science and technology. The relevance of chemistry is highlighted by the study of the applications of chemistry in everyday contexts.

What is the Course About

Chemistry, the study of matter and its interactions, contributes essential knowledge and understanding across all aspects of our lives. The links between the particulate nature of matter and the macroscopic properties of the world are explained. Chemistry research and development is essential for the introduction of new products. The chemical industry is a major contributor to the economy of the country.

The purpose of the course is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the physical and natural environments beyond Higher level. The course builds on Higher Chemistry, continuing to develop the underlying theories of chemistry and the practical skills used in the chemistry laboratory. Areas investigated include:

  •  Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
  •  Organic Chemistry and Industrial Analysis
  •  Researching Chemistry

What do I Need

You would be expected to have passed Higher Chemistry at B or above.

How will I be Assessed

You will undertake internal assessment of the 3 units and external assessments of an investigative project (30 marks) and a question paper (90 marks).

Next Steps

You may progress to Chemistry-based HNC/HND/degree programmes or related fields such as medicine, law, dentistry, veterinary medicine, engineering, environmental and health sciences.

What do current students say

“I’m going to university next year. Meeting new people, teaching staff and learning to find my way around a new building will help in my transition to university.’ ‘I’ve really enjoyed the course, it’s been quite challenging but the lecturers have been really great”.

Start Date

10 Jun 2019



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