Chemistry Higher

What is special about this course?

Chemists play a vital role in the production of everyday commodities, with industry research and development being essential for the introduction of new products.

The study of chemistry is of benefit not only to those intending to pursue a career in science, but also to those intending to work in areas such as the food, health or manufacturing industries. This online course will allow you to develop a deeper understanding of the central concepts of chemistry.
An experimental and investigative approach is used to develop knowledge and understanding of chemical concepts, with knowledge of chemical apparatus and techniques being a key course component.

Higher Chemistry is recognised as a supporting qualification for many institutions offering Science, Health Care courses. You will also be prepared for further education, training or employment, in areas associated with life sciences.

Special features:

  • You will develop your curiosity, interest and enthusiasm for chemistry in a range of contexts.
  • You will develop an appreciation of the impact of chemistry on  everyday lives.
  • You can study part time alongside your employment or another full time course.
  • This course covers all the content of the SQA Higher course to prepare you for the exam which takes place in May.

Entry requirements

  • National 5 in Chemistry 

Applications are encouraged from mature students who do not possess formal qualifications but have skills to meet the academic demand of the course.

Course content includes:

Chemical changes and structure
The topics covered are:

  • periodicity
  • structure and bonding
  • oxidising and reducing agents

Nature’s chemistry
The topics covered are:

  • systematic carbon chemistry
  • alcohols
  • carboxylic acids
  • esters
  • fats and oils
  • soaps
  • detergents and emulsions
  • proteins
  • oxidation of food
  • fragrances
  • skin care

Chemistry in society
The topics covered are:

  • getting the most from reactants
  • controlling the rate
  • chemical energy
  • equilibria
  • chemical analysis

Researching chemistry
The topics covered are:

  • common chemical apparatus
  • general practical techniques
  • reporting experimental work 


You will be required to purchase a Higher Chemistry textbook (approx. £26) and a scientific calculator (approx. £10). If you are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Online

You will study online through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with support from your lecturers, however you will be required to attend a prelim, an exam and a practical assignment which is spread over 3 to 4 days in the evenings.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Course cost: £352

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.
Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

Additional costs

If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course, you may progress onto:

  • Laboratory Science at SCQF Level 6
  • Higher Environmental Science
  • HNC Applied Sciences

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