Chemistry courses provide pupils with the opportunities to discover the elements which make science fun through a range of experiments and demonstrations. Pupils examine; the periodic table, physical chemistry, organic chemistry discovering how elements and compounds are created and the practical ways in which chemistry has impacted on our everyday lives.

Through the study of Chemistry, within a relevant and modern context, learners will;

  • gain knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of Chemistry
  • learn about the applications of chemistry in everyday contexts
  • develop skills of scientific inquiry and analysis through challenging experimental work.
  • apply their knowledge to areas of Physics such as medicine, energy and industry
  • enhance their problem solving and research skills,
  • have opportunities to think creatively, analytically and independently.
  • have opportunities to develop a wide range of skills such as practical, research and communication.

Courses on offer:

  • S1/2/3 CfE Broad General Education
  • National 4 Chemistry
  • National 5 Chemistry
  • Higher Chemistry
  • Advanced Higher Chemistry


The Chemistry Department currently runs a range of courses to suit pupils of different stages and abilities. In our current S3, students will learn level 4 CfE outcomes which will be developed into related National 4 or 5 outcomes as appropriate. Students can then opt to continue in S4 with National 4 or National 5 Chemistry, dependent on their performance in S3. For S5 or S6 pupils we offer Higher Chemistry, progressing to Advanced Higher in S6.

What course should you choose?

Pupils will be recommended to take either National 4 or National 5 Chemistry in S4 based on progress in S3. This choice is also available to S5 pupils. Pupils with National 4 passes may choose National 5 Chemistry. Pupils with A-C grades in National 5 Chemistry may choose the Higher Chemistry course although those with a C grade may have to take this course over 2 years. Pupils who have not previously studied Chemistry should speak to the Principal Teacher and their guidance teacher to determine the best level of study. Generally a pupil opting for the Higher course without having previously studied the subject would be expected to have a good A/B higher attainment in at least 4 other subjects, particularly in Maths and English.