Advanced Higher Chemistry


AdvH is suitable for learners who are secure in their learning of Higher Chemistry and can respond to a level of challenge, especially those considering further study or a career in Chemistry and related disciplines.

At the moment, AdvH Chemistry is offered on the basis of 2 periods taught in KHS and 2 periods taught at Jedburgh Grammar School. Learners are expected to commit to a further 4 periods of personal study.

Given the need to perform Practical work during some of these periods, it is essential that these periods should be in the Chemistry department at times that allow for a suitable level of supervision.

Learners should, therefore, prioritise any AdvH Science subjects when arranging their timetables.

Course Content

Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Organic Chemistry & Instrumental Analysis
Electromagnetic Spectrum & Spectroscopy
Electron Configurations
Chemical Bonding
Transition Metal Chemistry
Strong & Weak Acids / Bases
Reaction Feasilbility
Molecular Orbitals
Formulae & Stereoisomers
Colour in Organic Molecules
Reaction Types & Mechanisms
Systematic Organic Chemistry
Synthesis Pathways
Mass, IR & nmr Spectroscopy
Medicinal Chemistry
Researching Chemistry
Project Report
Practical Skills & Techniques
Volumetric Analysis
Gravimetric Analysis
Stoichiometric Calculations

In this assessment the candidate will carry out an in-depth investigation of a chemistry topic. They will research, plan and carry out a Practical Investigation and will submit a report (2000-3000 words) to SQA which will be marked out of 30 marks.

AdvH Chemistry encourages independent learning and allows learners to make connections between science and the world in which they live, learn and work. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the sciences, learners taking this course along with other science subjects will enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding.


Each Unit has two Outcomes which are assessed internally. However, Outcome 1 only needs to be passed once and so will normally be assessed as part of the Project in Unit 3. Most of the evidence will ge generated from the Project Day-Book.

Outcome 1:-   Apply skills of scientific inquiry and draw on knowledge and understanding to research, plan and carry out investigative practical work on a chosen topic by:

1.1     Gathering and recording information from sources

1.2     Planning / designing a practical investigation, including assessment of risk                            and safety measures

1.3     Carrying out practical work safely, recording results / data appropriately.

Outcome 2:-   Draw on knowledge and understanding of the key areas of this Unit and apply scientific skills by:

2.1     Making accurate statements and giving clear descriptions / explanations

Outcome 2 is a set of questions covering all of the key areas of knowledge and understanding for each Unit. 50% correct across a Unit needed to pass. Normally, only two attempts at each Key Area can be provided.

The Final Exam will last 2½ hours and will contribute a further 100 marks (30 marks available from Project) towards the final grade awarded.

Organisation of Learning

In class – For the Theory Units a more University style Lecture Tutorial approach will be used where Powerpoints, Videos, Animations and other board resources will be used to allow the teacher to pass on their knowledge, experience and passion for the subject. Learners will be encouraged to ask rather than answer questions.

Printed Notes will be issued in advance to allow learners to read into a Topic before a lesson as well as to then consolidate on the content covered.

Key Area Questions will be attempted as and when they are covered in class while Topic Tests will be used to measure progress.

For the Researching Chemistry Unit, learners will be provided with the opportunity to experience 14 prescribed Skills & Techniques. Normally these can be covered in 5 - 10 experiments. Writing up these experiments will provide the opportunity to learn the Stoichiometric Calculations in context , just as they will feature in the Final Exam.

Study – Learners must be prepared to take more responsibility for time and task management. Notes can be read, Self-Check & Exam style Questions tackled, Experiments written up, Calculations practiced etc. Resources available through Scholar can also be accessed - particularly practice Tests.

In addition, learners should be prepared to look beyond the resources provided in school. AdvH Chemistry overlaps with most first year courses at Universities and Colleges worldwide meaning that most of their resources are also suitable for extending knowledge and understanding. 

Homework  The teacher will help make the learner aware of what they could and should be doing but the management of this is completely the respnsibility of the learner. 


Learners should be prepared to make full use of all of the resources provided on the AdvH page of the Chemistry Website.

In particular,