GCSE Chemistry

What is GCSE Chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of the elements that are the building blocks of all matter. Chemists explain how those elements combine to produce compounds and how the properties of substances are used for the benefit of mankind. Chemistry is a relevant and developing science making an essential contribution to industry and society. Chemistry is a valuable subject for those wishing to enter a science related profession including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and optometry.

The Specification
AQA Chemistry 4402 - The scheme of assessment consists of two tiers: Foundation Tier and Higher Tier. Foundation Tier assesses grades G to C and Higher Tier assesses grades D to A*.


CH1HP Chemistry 1  1 hour exam  25%
CH2HP Chemistry 2  1 hour exam  25%
CH3HP Chemistry 3  1 hour exam  25%
CH4P Investigative skills  Controlled assessment  25%

Course content

CH1HP Chemistry 1 
C1.1 The fundamental ideas in chemistry
C1.2 Limestone and building materials
C1.3 Metals and their uses
C1.4 Crude oil and fuels
C1.5 Other useful substances from crude oil
C1.6 Plant oils and their uses
C1.7 Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere

CH2HP Chemistry 2
C2.1 Structure and bonding
C2.2 How structure influences the properties and uses of substances
C2.3 Atomic structure, analysis and quantitative chemistry
C2.4 Rates of reaction
C2.5 Exothermic and endothermic reactions
C2.6 Acids, bases and salts

C2.7 Electrolysis
CH3HP Chemistry 3
C3.1 The periodic table
C3.2 Water
C3.3 Calculating and explaining energy changes
C3.4 Further analysis and quantitative chemistry
C3.5 The production of ammonia
C3.6 Alcohol, carboxylic acids and esters 

CH4P Investigative Skills
C4.1 Plan practical ways to develop and test candidates own scientific ideas
C4.2 Assess and manage risks when carrying out practical work
C4.3 Collect primary and secondary data
C4.4 Select and process primary and secondary data
C4.5 Analyse and interpret primary and secondary data
C4.6 Use scientific models and evidence to develop hypotheses, arguments and explanations 

Reading List

AuthorTitle Publisher
Fullick and Ryan  AQA Science GCSE Chemistry  Nelson Thorne