Chemistry IGCSE

Our course code: X804

Course fee £495 or from £37 per month

Enrol on this course

Chemistry touches almost every aspect of our existence in some way. How does ice float? Why do leaves change colour? Why is the sea salty? This subject answers all of these questions, and many more! An interesting, challenging, and rewarding course, it will develop your scientific skills and knowledge using logic and rigorous scientific thinking. This online course covers a range of subjects, from the structure of the atom through to fractional distillation and fuel production!

A great choice if you’re considering a career in health and clinical professions including medicine, veterinary science, nursing, dentistry, and forensic science, blending chemistry with other suitable GSCEs will be a steppingstone to studying at A-level or university. This distance learning course follows the new Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry syllabus and has been designed specifically to be studied online in your own time and space. You’ll have unlimited tutor support, a clear induction, and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for the exam. You’ll also have guaranteed access to one of our exam centres if you sit your final examinations in the UK.

You will benefit from:

  • A brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast track is available on this course (for exams in 2022)
  • Access to our network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Unlimited tutor support – we’ll help you write a study plan and support you throughout
  • Exam pass guarantee (if you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)

Please note: You won’t be able to start this course until 01/09/21. Full details can be found below under Course Duration.

Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students’ scientific skills and knowledge; it’s an essential subject in many study pathways.

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: Edexcel
  • Our course code: X804
  • Qualification code: 4CH1
  • Official Qualification Title: GCSE Chemistry

Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic and vocational qualifications in schools, colleges and work places in the UK and abroad. They have been helping people succeed in life through learning for nearly 2 decades. Edexcel is a multinational education and examination body.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 120 and 150 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, quizzes, and interactive activities.

Course Duration

You can enrol today but this course starts on 01/09/21. You will receive your logins to MyOxbridge (our online platform) before this date but won’t be able to access the learning materials until the course officially starts. You will benefit from our unlimited tutor support for a period of two years from your course start date.


You can enrol now for examinations from Summer 2022.

You’ll be required to complete two IGCSE standard written exams.


  • Written exam, two hours, 61.1% of your IGCSE, 110 marks.
  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes, 38.9% of your IGCSE, 70 marks.

The exams contain a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the UK, to take away the hassle of needing to find your own. Check where your closest exam centre is.


During your course, you’ll be required to complete various assignments. These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to monitor your progress.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an IGCSE in Chemistry, issued by Edexcel. This syllabus has been chosen specifically because it is the best suited to distance learning.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - GCSE Chemistry

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: Principles of chemistry

In unit one, you’ll take a look at states of matter, as well as elements, compounds, and mixtures. You’ll delve into atomic structure, familiarise yourself with the periodic table, before taking a look at electrolysis and various types of bonding such as metallic and ionic.

2: Inorganic chemistry

Moving on to the second unit, you’ll discover the properties of alkali metals such as lithium and sodium, before examining gases in the atmosphere, and learning how to determine the percentage of oxygen in the air. Next, you’ll find out how metals are extracted from compounds, and take a look at acids and their reactions with different types of base. Finally, you’ll discover chemical tests that can determine the presence of certain gases, anions, or water.

3: Physical chemistry

Unit three will begin by focusing on chemical energetics: you’ll take a look at endothermic and exothermic reactions, and discover how to calculate energy and molar enthalpy changes. Next, you’ll explore rates of reaction, as well as reversible reactions and equilibria.

4: Organic chemistry

In unit four, we’ll begin with an introduction to organic chemistry, looking at molecules, functional groups, and the classification of reaction types. Next, you’ll study crude oil, examining how fractional distillation occurs, creating fuel and resulting in pollution. You’ll also examine the reactions of organic compounds such as alkanes, alkenes, and alcohols.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details.

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You will need to pay separately for your final examinations.

There may also be additional costs involved in arranging your practical assessment preparation.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

This course is self-contained so no additional textbooks are required. Where there are required additional text books, we include this as free eBooks.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide that will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!

That’s absolutely fine! You can study via our MyOxbridge portal online, and sit your exams anywhere in the world.