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Higher Chemistry


To successfully complete the Higher Chemistry course pupils must complete:

  • A multiple choice exam (40 minutes, 25 marks)
  • A written exam (2 hours 20 minutes, 95 marks)
  • An Assignment (8 hours class time, 30 marks)

Our Higher pupils have access to a Microsoft Team (using their Glow login) which has documents, homework and online-help to aid with their studies. Microsoft Teams is available as an app or through the website. Please see the class teacher for any help getting logged in.

Higher Team: WEBLINK

Course Description

This course allows candidates to acquire a deeper understanding of the central concepts of chemistry. Chemists play a vital role in the production of everyday commodities. Chemistry research and development are essential for the introduction of new products. The study of chemistry is of benefit not only to those intending to pursue a career in science, but also to those intending to work in areas such as the food, health or manufacturing industries.


Experimental and investigative approaches develop knowledge and understanding of chemical concepts, with knowledge of chemical apparatus and techniques being a key course component.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the sciences, candidates may benefit from studying chemistry along with other science subjects and mathematics, as this may enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding.

Course Content

The course content includes the following areas of chemistry:

Chemical changes and structure

  • periodicity
  • structure and bonding
  • oxidising and reducing agents

Nature’s chemistry

  • systematic carbon chemistry
  • alcohols
  • carboxylic acids
  • esters
  • fats and oils
  • soaps
  • detergents and emulsions
  • proteins 
  • oxidation of food
  • fragrances
  • skin care

Chemistry in society

  • getting the most from reactants
  • controlling the rate
  • chemical energy
  • equilibria
  • chemical analysis

Researching chemistry

  • common chemical apparatus
  • general practical techniques
  • reporting experimental work