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National 5 Chemistry

Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date & time
20 Aug 2024 @ 6 - 9pm (Tuesday evenings)
Qualification Type
SQA National Award
Course Type
1 year (August - June)


This National 5 Chemistry course will enable you to gain experience in practical techniques in chemistry. You will apply these techniques by carrying out a practical investigation into a suitable area of the subject. You will submit a report which describes the background of the investigation, details the results achieved, and conclusions drawn from the investigation. This report will be submitted to the SQA for marking. The marks awarded will be combined with those achieved in the final exam to give an overall grade for National 5 Chemistry.

This course will be delivered on campus.

What will I learn?

The course is organised into three units. 

Unit one: Chemical changes and structure
The introductory unit of the course comprises:

  • Substances
  • Bonding, structure and properties
  • Formulae, the mole and equations
  • The structure of the atom
  • Reaction rates
  • Acids and bases

Unit two: Nature’s chemistry
This unit comprises:

  • Nomenclature and structural formulae of hydrocarbons
  • Alcohols
  • Carboxylic acids and esters
  • Energy from fuels

Unit three: Chemistry in action
This unit comprises:

  • Properties of plastics
  • Metals
  • Nuclear chemistry
  • Fertilisers
  • Chemical analysis 

Thinking of joining?

If you'd like a place on this course, you must:

  • Ensure you meet the entry requirements
  • Pay the full fee (£460) or a deposit (£250)

Payment Options:

  1. Pay the full fee of £460
  2. Pay the deposit of £250 online using discount code DEPOSIT
  3. After the deposit payment, you will have a balance of £210 to pay. This balance will be paid in instalments of £105 over the 2 subsequent months following your deposit payment. (payment required by the 31st of the month)
  4. Follow the instructions within your joining instructions to make your balance payments.
  5. There are no funding options or fee waivers available for this course.
  6. If you choose to make only a deposit payment, you agree to make all outstanding balances as directed.

Please see the full T&Cs below.

Private Candidates - SQA Exams 

If you are a private candidate wishing to sit an SQA exam for National 5 and Higher subjects, we may be able to support you as the presenting centre. Just use the link below to find out more.

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Entry requirements (minimum)

  • It's advisable you have National 4 (or equivalent) but not essential.

Jobs and further study

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More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3784