SCQF LEVEL 4 - National 4

Chemistry is everywhere around us and the study of this course will develop your knowledge and skills related to everyday science and the world around us.  


You will undertake study within 3 Units (each assessed in class); 

  1. Chemical Changes & Structure – periodic table, atomic structure & chemical reactions.

  2. Nature’s Chemistry – the science of plants, animals, food & fuels 

  3. Chemistry in Society - the making, use of and everyday impact of metals, plastics and fertilisers.

All topics will involve; 

  • development of practical skills & safe working practices (chemicals & equipment) through experiments, investigations and research 

  • development of scientific literacy through new language and concepts, including word equations and using a range of media (books, ICT) 

  • development of scientific numeracy through measuring, collecting and using data from experiments and writing simple chemical formulae 

  • development of core transferable skills such as problem solving and working with others 


National 4 Chemistry


1 Year full time/

5 periods per week


3 x Unit Assessments 

Added Value Assignment 

Practical write-up of experiment 






Mrs Martin 

Dr Jerrow 

Ms Przygoda 

Miss Long 

Mrs Davidson 



Take this course if you have a desire to obtain a qualification which helps you develop skills useful within the workplace and knowledge you can build on throughout your senior phase and beyond.  Chemistry is widely regarded as a hard science, but at National 4, the content is relevant, interesting and made fun and accessible through a range of tasks and learning activities. Learners at National 4 are very successful and many proceed to National 5 in Chemistry or other science subjects.  It is a great stepping-stone for pupils who are not yet ready for the leap to Nat 5 but want to study Chemistry as a discrete science. 

You will experience the challenges of new language, theories & concepts, fun practical work and working with others. You will gain knowledge across a broad range of areas, develop many skills including resilience and taking responsibility for your learning. You will conduct practical work and build confidence in handling chemicals and equipment, thinking about the safety of yourself and others. You will continue to develop formula writing and scientific numeracy and further develop your scientific curiosity and understanding of the world around you. 


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

  • Level 3 (minimum) in S3 Chemistry or another Science subject 

  • Level 3 (minimum) Literacy and Numeracy  

  • Self-motivated, interested in science/chemistry and commitment to working 

what will you get?

You will achieve a National 4 course award if all 3 Unit Assessments are passed  and the Added Value Assignment is completed. A formal practical experiment write-up must also be completed within at least 1 of the Units.  

If any part of the course is completed, this will be shown on your SQA certificate in August. 


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


Pupils who have been successful in chemistry have many employment options;  

  • College courses or Apprenticeships, e.g. electrical & mechanical engineering, construction, energy (oil & gas), beauty, childcare 

  • Healthcare professions, e.g. nursing, medicine, dentistry, childcare 

  • General science, e.g. lab technician, medical assistant, science writer, researcher, teacher 

  • Materials science, e.g. food & drinks industry, pharmaceuticals, paints & dyes, chemical engineering 

  • Animals, agriculture & the environmental  

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 


Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.

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