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 N5 Chemistry

To successfully complete the N5 Chemistry course pupils must complete:

  • An exam (2.5 hours, 100 marks)
  • An Assignment (8 hours class time, 25 marks)

Our N5 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.


 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.


The assignment gives candidates an opportunity to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and understanding:

  • applying knowledge of chemistry to new situations, interpreting information and solving problems
  • planning, designing and safely carrying out experiments/practical investigations to test given hypotheses or to illustrate particular effects
  • selecting information from a variety of sources
  • presenting information appropriately in a variety of forms
  • processing the information (using calculations and units, where appropriate)
  • making predictions and generalisations based on evidence/information
  • drawing valid conclusions and giving explanations supported by evidence/justification
  • suggesting improvements to experiments/practical investigations
  • communicating findings/information