Revision of Higher Chemistry


Revised Higher Biology

The current National Course provision at Higher Level in the Sciences (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry and Physics) was first used by centres during session 1999/2000. Since then, only relatively minor amendments have been made to the Qualifications arrangements.

Although uptake of the sciences remains strong, stakeholder views of the existing qualification arrangements suggested that a decluttering and updating of subject content was urgently required, as well as a move towards an assessment process with more emphasis on skills.

A modern, engaging National Course framework for the Sciences is seen as a key contributor to the development of a greater scientific knowledge and skills base, which is critical to the ongoing development of the Scottish economy, in line with Curriculum for Excellence.

Given the above, and in order that Higher and Advanced Higher provision in the Sciences continues to remain "fit for purpose", meets the principles of Curriculum for Excellence and serves the needs of the young people of Scotland, SQA has been developing Higher Qualification Arrangements in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The proposals for the Revised Highers in Chemistry and Physics formed part of a national engagement through December and January and since then the Qualifications Design Team (QDT) has been working on the documents, taking on board stakeholder feedback.

The revised Highers will dual run with the current Highers.

Key Milestones Date
Summary of response to engagement feedback 1 June 2010

Final draft Content Tables (without Unit Specs)

21 June 2010
Arrangements Documents (without Course Assessment Specs) 26 August 2010

Arrangements Documents (515 KB)

December 2010

Specimen Question Paper (3.07 MB)

June 2011
vailable for implementation for early adopters June 2011
First examination for early adopters May/June 2012

Qualifications Design Team (QDT)

If you would like further information refer to the following documents:

Further information can also be found at SQA Academy.