Chemistry the study of matter and its interactions contributes essential knowledge and understanding across all aspects of our lives. Chemistry explains the links between the particulate nature of matter and the macroscopic properties of the world. Chemistry research and development is essential for the introduction of new products. The chemical industry is a major contributor to the economy of the country.
National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications, accredited by the SQA, are typically studied at high school and college. These qualifications act as pathways to further study including university entry. Edinburgh College offers a selection of subjects at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level on a part-time basis. You may choose to study up to two subjects.
For classes taking place during the day you come to college twice a week for a two-hour class. For evening classes you come to college or an outreach location within the community once a week for a 3-hour class.
Course Fees: £268 (approx.) per subject. Fees will be confirmed when an application has been processed.
- Chemical Changes and Structure - you will learn about;
- controlling reaction rates and periodic trends and strengthens your ability to make reasoned evaluations by recognising underlying patterns and principles.
- You will investigate collision theory and the use of catalysts in reactions as well as exploring the concept of electronegativity and intra-molecular and intermolecular forces.
- The connection between bonding and a materials physical properties is investigated.
- Researching Chemistry -
- you will develop the key skills necessary to undertake research in chemistry.
- You will research the relevance of chemical theory to everyday life by exploring the chemistry behind a topical issue.
- You will also develop the key skills associated with collecting and synthesising information from a number of different sources. Equipped with the knowledge of common chemistry apparatus and techniques you will plan and undertake a practical investigation related to a topical issue.
- Nature’s Chemistry - you will learn about;
- organic chemistry within the context of the chemistry of food and the chemistry of everyday consumer products soaps detergents fragrances and skincare.
- The relationship between the structure of organic compounds their physical and chemical properties and their uses are investigated.
- Key functional groups and types of organic reaction are also covered.
- Chemistry in Society - you will learn about;
- the principles of physical chemistry which allow a chemical process to be taken from the researcher`s bench through to industrial production.
- You will calculate quantities of reagents and products percentage yield and the atom economy of processes as well as developing the skills to manipulate dynamic equilibria and predict enthalpy changes.
- You will also investigate the ability of substances to act as oxidising or reducing agents and their use in analytical chemistry through the context of volumetric titrations.
- You will use analytical chemistry to determine the purity of reagents and products.
How Course Is Assessed:
- To gain the award of the course you must pass all of the units as well as the course assessment.
- For the course assessment, you will draw on extend and apply the skills you have learned during the course.
- You will be assessed within a question paper and an assignment which require you to demonstrate the breadth of your knowledge skills and understanding from across the units and to apply them in unfamiliar contexts and/or integrated ways.
Number of Days per week:
- 4 hours per week across two days
- National 5/Intermediate 2 Chemistry at A or B (or equivalent)
- National 5/Intermediate 2 Maths at A or B (or equivalent)
- Plus National 5/Intermediate 2 English at A or B (or equivalent) would be desirable
Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work at an appropriate level by having already achieved a pass at A or B in the level below which they are applying for.
- National 5 (SCQF 5) subjects - pass at National 4 (with added value unit), Intermediate 1 at A or B, or Standard Grade 3 or 4 in the subject.
- Higher (SCQF 6) subjects - A or B pass at National 5 or A or B at Intermediate 2 in the subject.
- Advanced Higher (SCQF 7) subjects - A or B pass at Higher
- For entry to social science subjects such as Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History and Politics previous study of the subject is not required. However, National 5 English is required plus another social subject at SCQF level 5.
The above represents the minimum entry requirements.
These courses are challenging and require the ability to study independently. Applicants should identify clearly the reason for studying their chosen subject in their course application.
English Proficiency Requirements:
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements:
- If appropriate applicants may be invited to sit a diagnostic test to assess their existing knowledge and suitability for the course.
Fees - Information about funding can be found here
Fee: £300 Sighthill part-time (year 1) Use our Funding Tool to assist you with financial support
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