The Higher Chemistry course taught during this session (2014/15), is the Higher Still (Revised) course and the information below relates to this course.Next year (2015/2016) the course will be the new Curriculum for Excellence Higher and the information below will be replaced accordingly.

Course Content:

The Higher Chemistry course is made up of three units covering the broad range of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry. It provides the sound background in concepts and numeracy required for university and college science courses.The three units are:


1.1 Reaction Rates

PPA 1.1: The effect of concentration changes on reaction rate

PPA 1.2: The effect of temperature changes on reaction rate

1.2 Energy ( Enthalpy) Changes in Chemical Reactions

PPA 1.3: Determining the Enthalpy of Combustion from experiment

1.3 Patterns in the Periodic Table

1.4 Bonding Structure and Properties

1.5 Avogadro and the Mole


PPA 2.1: Oxidation

PPA 2.2: Making Esters

2.2 Fuels

2.3 Organic Chemical Reactions

2.4 Uses of Organic Compounds

2.5 Polymers

2.6 Natural Organic Products

PPA 2.3: Factors affecting enzyme activity


3.1 The Chemical Industry

3.2 Hess’s Law

PPA 3.1: Proving Hess's Law by Experiment

3.3 Equilibrium

3.4 Acids and Bases

3.5 Redox Reactions

PPA 3.2: Quantative Electrolysis

PPA 3.3: A Redox Titration

3.6 Radioisotopes

There are also Prescribed Practical Activities (PPA as listed above) throughout the course which illustrate and consolidate the theory. National assessments are undertaken at the end of each unit and pupils who pass these assessments (which are at SQA C level) will sit the final exam in May/June. Higher Chemistry is highly valued for admission to a range of courses at University, from science and medical to accountancy and actuarial courses.

Support Materials

Text books

There are some very good revision text books available (see list below). The first one on the list has been issued to the students on loan. This should be sufficient but if you wish to supplement this the second book on the list would be the best recommendation. Given that this course is being phased out these books will be readily available online (Amazon, Ebay, Gumtree etc) second hand at significantly reduced prices.

  2. Revision Notes and Questions for Higher Chemistry by Eric Allan (issued to students)
  3. How to Pass Higher Chemistry by Martin Armitage (recommended)
  4. Bright Red Revision: Higher Chemistry by Archie Gibb and David Hawley
  5. Leckie and Leckie: Higher Chemistry Revision Notes by Sandy Herd
  6. Test Your Higher Chemistry Calculations by David Calder
  7. Flash Revise: Higher Chemistry by Martin Armitage

Online resources

SCHOLAR: www.scholar.org.uk (students will need their username and password for this)

BBC Bitesize: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/higher/chemistry/

HSN: www.hsn.uk.net/resources/Higher-Chemistry/

Assessment Schedule

9th October 2014: Unit 1 Assessment

18th December 2014: Unit 2 Assessment

18th February 2015: Prelim exam (covering Units 1, 2 and first topics of Unit 3)

18th March 2015: Unit 3 Assessment

28th May: External exam (1.00 pm to 3.30 pm)


Students should be setting aside approximately 2 hours a week on Higher Chemistry homework. This will be a mixture of structured homework tasks set by the teacher and independent study going over class work covered and making sure that all the content has been understood.

After School Support Sessions

Students needing extra support with their work can attend after school sessions on Tuesday afternoon (3.30 – 4.45 pm). If this is not a suitable time other times can be arranged in negotiation with the teacher.