Intermediate 1
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Intermediate 1

You usually take these courses if you:

  • have finished Standard Grade Foundation (or Access 3) level; or
  • want to take an alternative to Standard Grade General level; or
  • want to take up a new subject at school or college.

Generally, three national units (blocks of work that usually take 40 hours to finish) plus 40 hours flexible time make up these courses.


Chemistry: Intermediate 1

Why Chemistry?

This course provides you with insight into the many aspects of Chemistry in our everyday lives. For example you will learn about many materials we use regularly such as plastics and metals and find out about the role of Chemistry in our diet. If studied in addition to units from other science areas, it forms part of a broad knowledge base which may be useful for career purposes or allow you to move on to a higher level of study.

Entry to the course:

At the discretion of the school/college but students are normally expected to have achieved one of the following:

  • Standard Grade in Biology, Physics, or Science at grades 4-7
  • Standard Grade Chemistry at grades 5 to 7
  • appropriate units at Access level.


Course Outline

The course develops the skills of knowledge and understanding, problem solving and practical abilities in three units:

Chemistry in Action

  • substances
  • chemical reactions
  • bonding
  • acids and alkalis.

Everyday Chemistry

  • metals
  • personal needs
  • fuels
  • plastics.

Chemistry and Life

  • photosynthesis and respiration
  • the effects of Chemistry on the growth of plants
  • food and diet
  • drugs.

 Core Skills

  • Int.1 (SCQF 4) Problem Solving (Critical Thinking, Planning and Organising, Reviewing and Evaluating)
  • Int.1 (sCQF 4) Numeracy (Using Graphic Information)


This course is assessed by a combination of internal assessment by the teacher/lecturer and an external examination set and marked by the SQA.


Successful completion of this course may lead to:

Intermediate 2 in

  • Chemistry

Training(VQ); Employment in

  • Animals, Land & Environment
  • Manufacturing Industries
  • Security & Protective Services
  • Sport & Leisure