Science Student
Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
20 Aug 2019
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to May)


The SQA Higher Chemistry aims to extends your knowledge and understanding of the physical and natural environments, through a wide range of studies including chemical reaction rates, enthalpy and patterns in the Periodic Table.

What will I learn?

If English is not your first language, for study at SCQF level 6 you must be able to demonstrate English language skills at that level (e.g. SQA Higher level or IELTS 6).

The Course develops greater knowledge of bonding, structure and properties, and of the mole, and enables learners to acquire enhanced understanding of

  • carbon compound reactions
  • nomenclature and structural formulae
  • of polymers and natural products.

You will also study

  • Hess’s Law
  • equilibrium
  • acids and bases
  • redox reactions
  • nuclear chemistry.

Jobs and further study

For study of Higher Chemistry, we require either –

  • an A or B pass at National 5 Chemistry or
  • or A or B pass at Intermediate 2 Chemistry or
  • a standard grade in Chemistry at 1 or 2.

Please note that due to the high level of challenge presented by National Courses, and the significant demand for this programme, that the above represents the minimum entry requirements. Not all applicants who meet the minimum entry will be offered a place on the course.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • For SCQF 6 subjects (Higher) we require an A or B pass at National 5 or A or B at Intermediate 2 in Chemistry.
  • Due to the high level of challenge presented by National Courses, and the significant demand for this programme, please note that the above represents minimum entry requirements. Our selection processes will also take into account the breadth of subjects studied previously.

Entry requirement equivalency table

I've applied — what happens next?

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:

Academic staff will read and check your application form. It is therefore important that you complete the current qualification and personal statement section fully. This will take up to 4 weeks from the date of application and all applications are dealt with in the order in which they are received.

You will then receive one of the following:

  • An offer of a place on the course. This is subject to payment of the course fee.
  • A conditional offer. This will usually be as you are waiting on exam results. In this case we will ask you to pay the fee but this will be refunded should you fail to meet the condition of your offer.
  • No offer. Feedback on the reason you have not been accepted can be provided on request.

Successful application will be sent joining information. Enrolment usually takes place on the first night of the course.

The cost of this course is £495. You may wish to look at help with funding, in particular an individual training account. Further information and eligibility criteria can be found on:  Individual Training Account ITA

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3756