Higher

 

Higher Chemistry
The course consists of three Units:
Unit 1: Energy Matters                                                     
Unit 2: The World of Carbon                                                
Unit 3: Chemical Reactions
 
Assessment
 
There is an end of Unit Test for each Unit.
Pupils must pass each of these tests to be presented for the exam.
These tests are at a basic level, passing the Unit Tests does not indicate that a pupil will pass the final exam.
Pupils sit a prelim exam, the results of which can be used in the case of an appeal.
Pupils sit a final external exam based on all of the course work.
To obtain a course award (A, B or C) pupils must pass each Unit Test and the external course exam.
 
Practical Abilities
 
Practical abilities are also assessed by a series of compulsory experiments called Prescribed Practical Activities (PPAs).
There are 3 PPAs in each unit and pupils must complete a formal report on 1 PPA, as evidence for SQA. The final exam includes questions on the course PPA’s
 
Equipment
 
For Higher Chemistry pupils are required to bring the following each lesson; ring binder with notes, plastic folder with Unit booklet, jotter, pencil, ruler, rubber and calculator.
 
Course Material
The course has been designed with 12 topics (4 topics per unit).
Each topic consists of:
 
· a progress page – pupils record progress, assessment result and means of improvement,
· a topic booklet - containing worksheets, check tests and home-practice sheets,
· Hand-out notes -to be stored in the ring binder.
 
Pupils write their own notes on lined A4 paper and keep these in their ring binder, along with summary notes issued by the teacher. One jotter is issued, for home practice answers and for class work such as problem sheets. It is the pupils’ responsibility to arrange and keep their notes in an organised manner, since this is a proven component of success.
 
Progress
 
Parents are kept informed of pupil progress not only via the normal pupil reports, but also using the Progress Page of each Topic, which they are asked to read and sign.
Parents are informed of any problems with a pupils’ progress via a departmental letter in which possible solutions may be suggested.
 
Homework
Homework is issued each period, and amounts to around 1&1/2 hours in total each week.
For homework pupils are expected to:
       
· complete check tests and home practice sheets
· reinforce work done in class.
· study for tests.