S2 and S3 Chemistry Course

Course Overview

The study of Chemistry in S2 and S3 provides pupils with the opportunity to develop a knowledge and understanding of chemistry within the world in which we live. Pupils also continue to develop of the skills associated with scientific enquiry that were introduced in S1.

The areas of work are based on the Outcomes and Experiences at level 3 and level 4 and will on occasion touch on some of the work encountered at National 4 and National 5 and will allow pupils to further develop in line with the four capacities. The courses on offer are designed to provide opportunities for pupils to acquire:

  • knowledge and understanding of chemical facts, theories and symbols,
  • the ability to solve chemical problems,
  • the ability to carry out investigations and techniques,
  • an awareness of the links between the course work and the chemical industry,
  • a knowledge of the relevance of chemistry to everyday living.

S2 and S3 Chemistry Course Content

The S2 and S3 courses are divided into the following areas of study;

  1. Substances
  2. Atoms and the Periodic Table
  3. Fuels, Hydrocarbons and Polymers
  4. Bonding
  5. Metals
  6. Rates of reaction
  7. Acids and Alkalis