Chemistry GCSE

The course

The specification aims to improve scientific literacy – the knowledge and understanding which candidates need to engage, as informed citizens, with science based issues. The qualification uses contemporary, relevant contexts of interest to candidates, which are approached through a range of teaching and learning activities. Studying Chemistry as a single science provides an opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of science explanations, how science works and the study of elements of applied science, with particular relevance to professional scientists. GCSE Chemistry is suited to students who have an interest in science or wish to study Chemistry at A level.

Students receive 3 hours of tuition per week. Regular homework and tests mean students consolidate their intellectual and study skills and receive essential exam practice.

How is the course assessed?

Unit 1

1 hour exam, 25% weighting

This paper contains questions relating to atomic structure, rocks, metals, crude oil, plant oils and our changing planet.

Unit 2

1 hour exam, 25% weighting

This paper contains questions relating to structure and bonding, chemical calculations, rates and energy and salts and electrolysis.

Unit 3

1 hour exam, 25% weighting

This paper contains questions relating to the periodic table, water, energy calculations, analysis and synthesis and organic chemistry.

Unit 4 · Controlled assessment

25% weighting

This component comprises a Practical Investigation and is carried out under teacher supervision. This unit is internally assessed and then externally moderated by AQA.

Reading

New AQA Science GCSE Chemistry
By L. Ryan, B. Cox, J. Scottow
Published by Nelson Thornes, ISBN 9781408508299

Exam Board and Specification Codes

AQA Chemistry 4402 (legacy)