Chemistry National 5

What is special about this course?

Chemistry is the study of matter at the level of atoms, molecules, ions and compounds which are building blocks of life and all of the materials that surround us. 

Chemists play a vital role in the production of everyday commodities. Chemistry research and development is 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, textile or manufacturing industries.

This National 5 Chemistry course will:

  • provide you with a good foundation for progression to any Science Higher
  • help you understand how the world around you works
  • use an experimental and investigative approach to develop knowledge and understanding of chemical concepts

Special features:

  • Recognised as a supporting qualification for many institutions offering Teacher Training, Health and Social Care courses.
  • You can study part time alongside your employment or another full-time course

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements.

Course content includes:

Chemical changes and structure
In this area, topics covered are: rates of reaction; atomic structure and bonding related to 
properties of materials; formulae and reacting quantities; acids and bases.

Nature’s chemistry
In this area, topics covered are: homologous series; everyday consumer products; energy from fuels.

Chemistry in society
In this area, topics covered are: metals; plastics; fertilisers; nuclear chemistry; chemical analysis.

Skills, knowledge and understanding


You will be required to purchase a National 5 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.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of this course provides an exit pathway to careers such as working in a laboratory or in Food Manufacturing, Drinks Industry or the Textile Industry.

Alternatively, you can progress onto the following programmes: 

  • Any Science subject at Higher Level
  • Laboratory Science at SCQF Level 6 
  • A Foundation Apprenticeship such as Food Manufacturing or Scientific Technologies

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I want to start in 2024/25

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.