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 N5 Chemistry

To successfully complete the N5 Chemistry course pupils must pass the following sections

  • Three Unit KU assessments (2.1)
  • Four skills sections across the three units (2.4)
  • A short written report (2.2/2.3)
  • An practical experiment write-up (1.1-1.6)
  • An Added Value Assignment
  • The SQA N5 Examination

 Unit 1 - Chemical Changes & Structure

In this Unit, learners will develop scientific skills and knowledge of the chemical reactions in our world. Through practical experience, learners will investigate average rates of reaction and the chemistry of neutralisation reactions. Focusing on these reactions, learners will work towards the concept of balanced chemical equations. Learners will explore the mole concept, formulae and reaction quantities. The connection between bonding and chemical properties of materials is investigated.

 Unit 2 - Nature's Chemistry

The Earth has a rich supply of natural resources which are used by all of us. In this Unit, learners will investigate the physical and chemical properties of cycloalkanes, branched chain alkanes and alkenes, and straight chain alcohols and carboxylic acids. They will explore their chemical reactions and their uses in everyday consumer products. Learners will investigate the comparison of energy from different fuels.

 Unit 3 - Chemistry In Society

In this Unit, learners will develop skills and carry out practical investigations related to the chemistry of materials. Learners will focus on the chemistry of metals and their bonding, reactions and uses. The connection between bonding in plastics, their physical properties and their uses is investigated. Learners will investigate the chemical reactions and processes used to manufacture fertilisers. They will research the use and effect of different types of nuclear of radiation. Learners will investigate chemical analysis techniques used for monitoring the environment.


Below are revision materials that cover all three units of work.

The National Parent Forum of Scotland website has links to Past Papers from N5 and also old Int2 and SG questions that may be useful. Marking schemes are also there to use.