Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

NOTE: CCEA will not be accepting entries from English centres for GCSE courses that begin in or after September 2012

GCSE in Chemistry

This GCSE Chemistry specification is available for first teaching from September 2011. We will make the first awards in 2013.

We are now offering this specification as a unitised course. This increases flexibility and choice for teachers and students.

Students of this specification study structures, trends and chemical reactions. They also investigate organic chemistry and materials.

This specification involves a new approach to chemistry at GCSE, as it incorporates how science works. Students acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role in society. The specification also contributes to environmental education by highlighting how chemistry affects our environment, including the themes of pollution, waste management and use of resources.

This course prepares students for the study of chemistry and related subjects at a more advanced level, for example Advanced Subsidiary Chemistry and Advanced Chemistry. It also allows them to develop transferable skills that will benefit them in vocational training and employment.

CCEA Curriculum Monitoring Programme 2018-19