GCSE Chemistry

Introduction

GCSE Chemistry is a single GCSE taken by a select number of students. Students are allocated to triple science during year 10. The course builds on the Key Stage 3 curriculum and knowledge learnt from studying chemistry as a part of combined science. It encourages students to explore, explain, theorise and model in chemistry and develops a critical approach to scientific evidence. Practical skills are embedded in the course as students complete 9 required practicals which develop their ability to follow methods, collect data, analyse data and evaluate practical procedures.

 

GCSE Chemistry aims to equip students with a good understanding of a range of topics in chemistry, covering more content than chemistry taught as a part of combined science. After sitting the exams, students will attain one GCSE grade (9-1).

How is the course assessed?

There are two papers and at the end of the course students will be awarded a grade based on their scores across the two papers.

 

Students will either sit Foundation (grade 1-5) or Higher (grade 4-9) exams.

 

Each exam comprises:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Paper 1 units

C1 Atomic structure and the periodic table

C2 Bonding, structure and the properties of matter

C3 Quantitative chemistry

C4 Chemical changes

C5 Energy changes

 

Paper 2 units

C6 The rate and extent of chemical change

C7 Organic chemistry

C8 Chemical analysis

C9 Chemistry of the atmosphere

C10 Using resources

Equipment

Equipment that students must bring to every science lesson:

  • Scientific calculator

In Y11, all students must bring their Knowledge Organisers to all lessons. These will be provided by school and must be returned at the end of year 11.

Homework and learning outside of the classroom

Homework will be set once a fortnight (this will take approximately 1 hour)

Homework tasks will be a combination of online homework set on www.senecalearning.com and past exam paper questions

 

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