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Chemistry is the study of the materials that make up everyday life. All materials - including plastics, fuel and metals - are made of chemicals, and understanding these unlocks the doors to our physical and natural world. Chemistry provides learners with knowledge of how substances are made up and how chemical reactions can change things.

Have you ever cooked a meal? That’s chemistry. Have you ever had your hair coloured at a salon? Again – chemistry. Anytime you take medication for a throbbing headache, cook up something to eat, put detergent in the dishwasher, brush your teeth, take your vitamins or brew your morning coffee, guess what? That’s chemistry too.

Take a closer look and you will discover an exciting area of science with a wide array of applications.


But why choose chemistry?


The study of chemistry is interesting in itself, but you can go on after school to do lots of things. In addition to studying a Chemistry degree, studying Chemistry will allow you to progress to university or college to study a huge number of higher education courses:
Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Physics, Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Chemical Engineering, Forensic Science, Environmental Science, Teaching, Law and the Healthcare professions are just a few examples. Lots of employers now offer school leavers with chemistry qualifications apprenticeships too.

S3 Chemistry

National 4

National 5

CfE Higher


How does the course content progress from one level to the next? Click here for an overview of the SQA Progression Framework.