SCQF LEVEL 5 - National 5

This challenging and engaging course develops learners’ knowledge of chemistry theory and concepts whilst making links between other science disciplines. With a focus on the practical applications of chemistry principles and chemical analyses, pupils will develop depth of understanding and breadth of skills in preparation for the world of work or further study. 


You will undertake study of 18 topics loosely taught across 3 Units and including; 

  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 

  • preparation for Higher including fast-tracking where appropriate and accelerated learning in specific areas (scientific numeracy) 


National 5


1 Year full time/

5 periods per week




Paper 1 – 25 multi-choice Q’s 

Paper 2 – 75 marks (written and extended answers) 




Mrs Martin 

Dr Jerrow 

Ms Przygoda 

Miss Long 

Mrs Davidson 



Take this challenging course if you have a desire to obtain a qualification which develops your ability to cope with abstract concepts, problem solving and analytical thinking. In addition, you will be confident with practical work, handling chemicals and equipment, whilst collecting and using to data to explain trends, patterns and mechanism of chemical reactions.  You will develop curiosity and the ability to explain scientific occurrences and their relevance in everyday life whilst considering the environmental impact of chemical processes and products. The National 5 course is a natural stepping-stone for pupils already considering Higher or Advanced Higher Science in the senior phase and in relation to specific career paths or further study at college or University.  

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 4 (minimum) in S3 Chemistry or another Science subject 

  • Level 4 (minimum) Literacy and Numeracy  

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

what will you get?

You will achieve a National 5 course award if the Assignment is completed and the exam is passed with more than 35%.  

Individual unit passes can be obtained by pupils who are unlikely to complete the course, do not complete an Assignment or who opt out of sitting the final exam.  


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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Chemistry Students