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GCSE Chemistry

For first teaching from September 2017
A guide to changes in GCSE Grading

Our GCSE Chemistry specification develops studentsí knowledge and understanding of the material world and the effects of chemistry on society. Students learn about organic chemistry, quantitative chemistry and electrochemistry. They apply their understanding of the scientific process in the laboratory and develop their observational and problem-solving skills.

Practical science is a key part of this revised specification; students carry out nine prescribed practicals during the course. These include investigating the reactions of acids, the reactivity of metals and the preparation of soluble salts.

Our GCSE science specifications are the only ones to directly examine practical work, an important element of the subject, as part of a unit titled Practical Skills. There is also a written exam for each of the three units in the specification.

All parts of the assessment are externally marked.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE in Chemistry is unitised, so itís possible to take part of the assessment before the end of the course.

The specification has three units:

  • Unit 1: Structures, Trends, Chemical Reactions, Quantitative Chemistry and Analysis
  • Unit 2: Further Chemical Reactions, Rates and Equilibrium, Calculations and Organic Chemistry
  • Unit 3: Practical Skills.

(PDF), Last Updated: 15 June 2017

Related Circulars

S/IF/59/18 - October 2018 - Apparatus and Materials Lists and Confidential Instructions for the Practical Skills Assessment Unit (Booklet A)
(PDF), Last Updated: 13 November 2018

S-IF-56-17 GCSE Sciences (New)
(PDF), Last Updated: 24 October 2017

GCSE Assessment Arrangements
(PDF), Last Updated: 20 September 2017

S/IF/27/18 - April 2018 - GCSE Instructions to Teachers: April 2018 Uploads
(PDF), Last Updated: 23 May 2018

Specimen Assessment Materials

Specimen Assessment Materials
(PDF), Last Updated: 19 June 2017

Practical Skills Assessment

Unit 3: Practical Skills includes a practical skills assessment (Booklet A) and a practical theory exam (Booklet B). For Booklet A, students carry out two practical tasks in the laboratory. Booklet B is a written exam, with questions based on any of the nine prescribed practical tasks and any other practical tasks from the specification.

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