Welcome to the Marr College Chemistry department...!
Situated on the first floor of the Science and Technology building the Chemistry team are:
- Mrs Donnelly PT
- Mrs McGrouther
- Mr McIntyre
- Mrs Penny
Why study Chemistry...
What Chemists do - Chemists conduct experiments to study how elements work in different conditions, test how they mix, and work out what they are made up of right down to the tiniest particle. The results can be groundbreaking, colourful, explosive, or almost impossible to see. Chemists use their experiments and knowledge to develop medicines, foods, fabrics and other materials, from neon lights to shatterproof glass. They also use it to understand the world around us, from why leaves change colour to discovering invisible pollutants in the air.
Chemistry is everywhere - Pick up a can of soft drink and you’ll find chemistry everywhere, from the metal can you’re holding, to the paint used to cover it and the liquid inside. Just breathe in and out and you’re performing a chemical reaction, which is a little scary, but pretty great too! Chemistry is sometimes known as the "central science" because it helps to connect physical sciences, like maths and physics , with applied sciences, like biology, medicine and engineering.
What skills will I develop - All that questioning and experimentation can be really handy when it comes to building a whole range of skills for work. Chemistry helps you to develop research, problem solving and analytical skills. It helps to you challenge ideas and show how you worked things out through logic and step-by-step reasoning. Chemistry often require teamwork and communication skills too.
In the broad general education (BGE) S1, 2 and 3 we deliver key experiences and outcomes of the S1 and 2 General Science and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) course programmes that help develop a keen interest in science and chemistry in our young learners.
In S3 we begin to study chemistry as a discrete science with a view to preparing our learners for progression to national qualifications. Pupils will study Level 4 Science experiences and outcomes related to Chemistry. They will build on the topics: Acids and Bases; Matter; Elements and Chemical Reactions which were studied in S1 and 2. Students will be given access to a wide range of experiences which will encourage and sustain student’s natural curiosity.
In senior phase S4, 5 and 6 we currently offer courses in Chemistry at the following levels:
- National 5 Chemistry
- Higher Chemistry
- Advanced Higher Chemistry
A qualification in chemistry opens doors to a wide range of careers. Chemistry is involved in our everyday lives and there is a vast range of jobs and careers open to those who have studied chemistry at any level - great career opportunities exist both inside and outside the lab. Nobody knows what the jobs of the future will look like, but many of them will be created in chemistry to solve global challenges such as human health, energy and the environment. Global change is creating enormous challenges relating to human health, energy and scarce natural resources.
These challenges offer excellent future opportunities to people who are qualified in chemistry!
Career opportunities: http://www.rsc.org/careers/future/your-future-chemistry
SQA : https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/45720.html