National 5 Assignments
The SQA has recently announced changes to the Course Specification for National 5 Chemistry. You can access the Revised Course Specification here.
A major which will come into effect at the start of the 2017/2018 academic session is that practical / experimental will become a mandatory feature of the assignment. SSERC has been commissioned to produce 2 Resource Packs which could be used to support teachers and students with this change.
Details of the resource packs follow but we should point out that these are exemplars, not mandatory pieces of practical work which must be done. Many other practicals currently undertaken would be equally appropriate for use to support the assignment and over the coming months we shall, within SSERC, be looking to see how we might add to the pool of exemplars.
Each Resource Pack consists of 2 elements:
- A Teacher / Technician Guide. (Incorporating generic risk assessments which might be used as the basis for the circumstances which exist in your own school / college). It also contains links to secondary data sources for comparisons.
- A Student Guide.
Resource Pack 1 - Chemical Analysis
This pack contains a series of experiments involving chemical analysis
Calcium in water, calcium in milk, Iron in tea/breakfast cereal, Chloride in seawater.
- Teacher / Technical Guide (Microsoft Word version, pdf version).
- Student Guide (Microsoft Word version; pdf version).
Resource Pack 2 - Electrochemistry
This will follow shortly