Chemistry IGCSE

Our course code: X804

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IGCSE 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 IGCSE 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.

This home study course follows the new CAIE GCSE 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)

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: CAIE
  • Our course code: X804
  • Qualification code: 0971
  • Official Qualification Title: GCSE Chemistry

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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

Once you enrol, you’ll have up to two years to study and take your exams, and your unlimited tutor support will continue throughout this time. You will receive your logins to MyOxbridge (our online platform) to access the learning materials.



You can enrol now for examinations from Summer 2022.

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


  • Multiple choice exam: 45 minutes, 30% of your IGCSE, 40 marks.
  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes, 50% of your IGCSE, 80 marks.
  • Written exam based on experimental skills, one hour, 20% of your IGCSE, 40 marks.

The exams contain multiple-choice, structured, closed short answer and 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 CAIE. 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: Atomic structure and the periodic table 

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.

2: Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter 

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.

3: Quantitative chemistry 

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.

4: Chemical changes 

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.

5: Energy changes 

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!

6: The rate and extent of chemical change 

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.

7: Organic chemistry 

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.

8: Chemical analysis 

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.

9: Chemistry of the atmosphere 

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.

10: Using resources 

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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Frequently Asked Questions

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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. Additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.

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!

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