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
Principal Teacher (Raising Attainment)

Mr J McGovern


Broad General Education

Senior Phase

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 (Higher)
  • Researching Chemistry (Higher)
  • Nature’s Chemistry (Higher)
  • Chemistry in Society (Higher)

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: