National 5

The purpose of the Course is to develop learners’ curiosity, interest and enthusiasm for chemistry in a range of contexts. The key skills of scientific inquiry and investigation are integrated and developed throughout the Course. The relevance of chemistry is highlighted by the study of the applications of chemistry in everyday contexts. This will enable learners to become scientifically literate citizens, able to review the sciencebased claims they will meet.

The Course gives the opportunities for learners to develop the ability to think analytically, creatively and independently, and to make reasoned evaluations. The June 2013, version 1.1 4 Course covers a variety of contexts relevant to chemistry’s impact on the environment and society through the chemistry of the Earth’s resources, the chemistry of everyday products and environmental analysis. The Course allows flexibility and personalisation by offering choice in the contexts studied. The key areas of bonding, the mole and balanced chemical equations are integrated throughout the Course.

It offers a broad, versatile and adaptable skills set which is valued in the workplace, and forms the basis for progress onto study of chemistry at a higher level, while also providing a knowledge base useful in the study of all of the sciences.

Materials for each Unit can be found at the following links:

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3


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