Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes that take place with that matter. Matter is the name that scientists have given to everything that you can touch, or see, or feel, or smell. Chemistry is everything!


Ms H Kerr (PT RA)
Mr J McGovern


Broad General Education

In S1 you will study chemistry within the context of our Universe’s past, present and future as part of our S1 Science course. Alongside investigating key concepts in chemistry, you will explore current issues and developments and develop important scientific literacy and numeracy skills. 

In S2, you will continue to explore chemistry as a discrete science. You will be taught by a subject specialist and will delve deeper into important areas of chemistry. You will learn about The Magic of Mendeleev whilst exploring the periodic table, the atom, and elements and compounds. You will also investigate the properties and reactivity of Acids and Alkalis. 

In S3,  you will have chosen to specialise in chemistry. You will continue to develop an understanding of key concepts in chemistry including Rates of Reactions, Bonding in Compounds, Metals, and Acids and Bases.

Senior Phase

In S4, you will study the following areas of Chemistry under various topics at National 3, National 4 or National 5 level.

  • Chemical changes and Structure
  • Nature’s Chemistry
  • Chemistry in Society

The Higher Chemistry Course develops learners’ curiosity, interest and enthusiasm for chemistry in a range of contexts. The skills of scientific inquiry and investigation are developed throughout the Course, and the relevance of Chemistry is highlighted by the study of the applications of Chemistry in everyday contexts.


  • Chemical Changes and Structure 
  • Researching Chemistry 
  • Nature’s Chemistry
  • Chemistry in Society

Learning Experiences

We work hard to make our lessons interesting, demanding and relevant. We encourage pupils to do their best, and will support them in any way we can. This will be done through notes, debates, scientific discussion, group work, working independently, research tasks, group and individual presentations and scientific investigations.

How You Will Be Assessed

  • Homework, Questions, Practical Activities, Log books, research
  • Investigations & Presentations
  • Open ended questioning
  • Class Jotter work
  • End of unit testing

Life & Work

Chemistry will allow you to explore careers in:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Forensic Science
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Optician
  • Pharmacy
  • Teaching

and many more.


You will be provided with many resources which will enhance and support your study of chemistry at Lochend CHS.

The following resources will be of particular use to those pupils working towards SQA National Qualifications in Chemistry, including National 5 and Higher.

Past examination papers and the data booklet for National 5 and Higher Chemistry can be found using the appropriate links on the SQA Chemistry subject page: 

BBC Bitesize is a useful tool which may help revision of key concepts in your chemistry course. You can select the appropriate content from the menu on this website: