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Intermediate 2 Chemistry


  The course is primarily designed to provide a ‘bridge’ between achievement in knowledge and understanding and problem solving at General level in Standard Grade and further study at Higher. As such the Intermediate 2 course could be the first year of a two-year Higher programme and is particularly useful for those pupils in S5 and S6 who wish to study chemistry for the first time.


  The course has been designed in 3 independent units which together provide a wide and varied experience of chemistry. The content of these units will be largely based on the content of Standard Grade Chemistry at Credit level but will also include appropriate content from Higher Chemistry. Titles, lengths and brief descriptions of the units are detailed as follows:-

All units seek to develop knowledge and understanding, problem solving and practical abilities in the context of:-

 BUILDING BLOCKS (INT2) 40hrs- substances; reaction rates; the structure of the atom; bonding; structure and properties; chemical symbols; and the mole.

 CARBON COMPOUNDS (INT 2) 40hrs- fuels; nomenclature; structural formulae and reactions of carbon compounds; plastics and synthetic fibres and natural products.

 ACIDS, BASES AND METALS (INT 2) 40 hrs- acids and bases; salt preparation; and metals.



 Homework will consist of completing notes begun in class, answering questions on the current unit and for revision, writing summaries and revising for unit tests and examinations. Homework will be issued by the teacher as appropriate to the pupil’s position in the unit and is expected to take up to approximately 2 hours per week. 



 To gain the award of this course, the pupil must achieve a pass in all component units of this course as well as the external assessment, which will provide the basis for grading the attainment in the course award. Pupils will have to write one report of an experimental activity per unit which will be internally assessed. Pupils will also sit a prelim. The external assessment will take place in May /June and consist of 1 paper;- Paper 1 (2hr) consists of two parts: -Fixed Response (30 marks) and Extended answer (50 marks).