IGCSE Science Double Award (Chemistry)

The course

GCSE Chemistry is divided into four sections. In Section 1 (Principles of chemistry), you will look at the structure of atoms and compounds, chemical formulae and equations and how to calculate the masses of substances and volumes of gases. In Section 2 (Chemistry: the elements), you will look at the periodic table, with a particular focus on groups 1 and 7.

You will also look at hydrogen, oxygen and oxides, and water. Section 3 (Organic chemistry) looks at the chemistry of carbon. You will look at two different types of organic compound (alkanes and alkenes) and ethanol. Finally in section 4 (Physical chemistry) looks at acids, alkalis and salts and chemical reactions: reaction rates and the ideas of equilibrium and reversibility.

What skills do I need?

You need an interest in science along with good mathematical skills.

How is the course assessed?

All the content will be assessed through a 2-hour written examination. The paper is weighted at 33.3% of the qualification. A mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, shortanswer questions, calculations and extended openresponse questions.

Reading

Edexcel International GCSE (9-1) Chemistry Student Book
By Jim Clark
ISBN-13: 978-0435185169, ISBN-10: 0435185160

MPW Course Notes
By B. Hameed

Exam Board and Specification Code

Pearson-Edexcel 4SDO

Andrew Stockley
Head of Department