The GCSE Chemistry course is designed to develop your scientific knowledge and the conceptual understanding of chemistry.
During the course, you will:
• Carry out compulsory Practical Activities that will enhance your understanding of chemistry theory and practical skills,
• Learn Mathematical Skills and apply them to Chemistry scenarios,
• Learn how to ‘Work Scientifically’ to develop your investigative and evaluative skills and to become equipped on how to answer scientific questions about the world around you.
There are seven teaching units (C1-C6) which includes an embedded practical skills unit (C7).
We make use of all types of activities: whole-class and group practical work, teacher demonstrations, teacher-led discussions, individual use of computers and quick learning games and quizzes.
There will be two written papers in May and/or June. Both papers are worth 50% of the final grade, and the second paper will include synoptic assessment. The exam papers are taken at either Foundation or Higher level depending on ability.
The practical-based topic (C7) provides you with the necessary skills to undertake the 15% practical content in the examinations.
Mathematical skills and Working Scientifically skills that are taught alongside the Chemistry topics are also assessed in the examination papers.
Five GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English Language and Maths and either GCSE Combined Science grade 3,3 or GCSE Chemistry grade 3.
After successful completion of the course you can progress on to L3 courses (A-Level Chemistry and/or BTEC Applied Science), or fill in the gaps in your GCSEs to progress on to specific careers such as Nursing or Teaching.
What does the course combine well with?
Chemistry can be combined with any other subject.