GCSE Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging, and ultimately rewarding course that develops students’ scientific skills and knowledge. This online course covers a range of subjects, from The Periodic Table to chemical reactions and the causes of change in the Earth’s atmosphere! You’ll discover how the study of chemistry impacts our understanding of everything in the world around us.
This GCSE Chemistry course is a good choice for students considering careers in the health and clinical professions, including medicine, veterinary science, nursing, dentistry, and forensic science. Studying Chemistry will also prepare students for industry careers, such as those within the pharmaceutical or petrochemical sectors. In combination with other suitable GCSE subjects, this course is ideal for progression onto Chemistry at A-Level and university. GCSEs are the most widely taken qualification in the UK and considered the educational standard for school-leavers.
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.
If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free
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The AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-levels.
You should allow for between 120 and 150 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.
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.
You will benefit from our unlimited tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment. You will receive your logins to MyOxbridge (our online platform) to access the learning materials.
All enrolments will be for exams in Summer 2022. If you wish to fast track your learning, please do contact us.
You’ll be required to complete the two GCSE standard written exams.
The exams contain multiple-choice, structured, closed short answer and open response question
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.
Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an iGCSE in Chemistry, issued by AQA. This syllabus (8462) has been chosen specifically because it is the best suited to distance learning.
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.
It is useful to structure the elements in an organisation which helps chemists to classify them. In this section, you’ll learn about how atomic structures are used to categorise the different elements, which helps us to understand how chemicals may interact with each other.
The bonds and structures of atoms in elements can dictate the behaviours and properties of the chemical. In this unit you’ll learn about how chemicals can create bonds and super-compounds.
Chemical reactions can be classified in various ways. In this module, you’ll learn to identify different types of chemical reactions and understand how this allows chemists to establish patterns to make predictions about the behaviour of other chemicals. You’ll also start to learn about the chemical equations that let us represent chemical reactions.
Chemical changes lie at the heart of chemistry as a science! Chemistry began with people systematically experimenting how different chemicals interact. In this unit you will look at the range of different reactions that can occur and the results they can have.
Energy changes are an important part of chemical reactions. The interaction of particles often involves transfers of energy due to the breaking and formation of bonds. This module will teach you about how the interactions between elements can lead to heating and warming, energy changes which are applied in everyday life – think about things like your refrigerator!
Chemical reactions can occur at vastly different rates. Whilst the reactivity of chemicals is a significant factor in how fast chemical reactions proceed, there are many variables that can be manipulated in order to speed them up or slow them down. In this unit, you will look at the results of chemical change, how changes can be manipulated, and how we can use these changes in everyday life.
Carbon – an element in chemistry that is so important it has its own branch of Chemistry. Carbon is the base element of all life on Earth! This section focuses on that special branch where you’ll learn about just how amazing and vital the carbon element really is.
In this unit you will learn about how analysts have developed a range of qualitative tests to detect specific chemicals. The tests are based on reactions that produce a gas with distinctive properties, or a colour change or an insoluble solid that appears as a precipitate.
The Earth’s atmosphere is dynamic and forever changing. The causes of these changes are sometimes man-made and sometimes part of many natural cycles. At this stage, you will learn about how the atmosphere is being changed by man-made issues and get an insight into climate change.
Industries use Earth’s natural resources to manufacture useful products. This module focuses on how chemists can operate sustainably, by seeking to minimise the use of limited resources, use of energy, waste, and environmental impact in the manufacture of these products. You’ll also explore how chemists are aiming to develop ways of disposing products at the end of their use, in ways that ensure that materials and stored energy are utilised.
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You will need to pay separately for your final examinations. Additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.
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.