Chemistry

Science in Oban High School is run as Faculty and is made up four Science subjects. Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science (taught in conjunction with Geography)

From S3 classes are taught by one of the following specialist Chemistry teachers

Ms H Stevenson

Ms I Biddulph

 

Pupils can choose Chemistry from S3 where it is delivered as part of a Curriculum for Excellence. Pupils who wish to achieve SQA qualifications in Chemistry can achieve the following levels.

 

National 4

National 5

Higher

Advanced Higher

 

S1 - S3 Curriculum

In S1 and S2, all pupils complete a programme of study covering all three Sciences at Level 3 with plenty of practical activities.

 

In S3, pupils choose at least one Science to study further, covering Level 4 material.

In Chemistry, pupils cover Chemical Changes and Structure, Nature's Chemistry and Chemistry in Society. There are many opportunities for practical work and pupils complete several experimental write ups to prepare them for their AVU/Assignment in later years 

S4 - S6 Curriculum

Chemistry is the study of matter at the level of atoms, molecules, ions and compounds. These substances are the building blocks of life and all of the materials that surround us. Chemists play a vital role in the production of everyday commodities. Chemistry research and development is essential for the introduction of new products. 

 

National 4 Chemistry

National 4 Chemistry consists of three distinct Units and an Added Value Unit. Pupils cover Chemical Changes and Structure, Nature's Chemistry and Chemistry in Society and are internally assessed in each Unit to achieve the full course award. The Added Value Unit consists of a short investigation and write up on a topic covered within the course.

 

National 5 Chemistry

National 5 Chemistry consists of three distinct Units and an Assignment. Pupils cover Chemical Changes and Structure, Nature's Chemistry and Chemistry in Society and are externally assessed in May. The Assignment consists of a short investigation and write up under exam conditions on a topic covered within the course. Both the final exam and the assignment contribute to the final grade.

 

Higher Chemistry

Higher Chemistry consists of three distinct Units and an Assignment. Pupils cover Chemical Changes and Structure, Chemistry in Society and Nature's Chemistry and are externally assessed in May. The Assignment consists of an investigation and write up under exam conditions on a topic covered within the course. Both the final exam and the assignment contribute to the final grade.

 

Advanced Higher Chemistry

Advanced Higher Chemistry consists of three distinct Units and a Project. Pupils cover Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis and Researching Chemistry and are externally assessed in May. The Project is an opportunity for pupils to research a topic of their choice, complete a related experiment and write up their findings in a Full Report. Both the final exam and the Project contribute to the final grade.