GCSE Chemistry

Year 10 and 11 students are studying the Edexcel GCSE Chemistry (9-1) course.  The course will be assessed through two equally weighted examination papers of 1 hour and 45 minutes in length and the completion of eight core practicals.

Chemistry is a fascinating, challenging, and extremely rewarding subject.  The GCSE course develops many of the ideas first encountered in Years 7 and 8 and provides our learners with a greater knowledge and understanding of the material aspects of our world.  The course is delivered using a variety of activities but the emphasis is on carrying out practical work as much as possible, allowing the pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to work scientifically.  In order to communicate using the “language” of chemistry, pupils will need to have a sound understanding of chemical symbols, formulae and equations. Experience has shown that those who put effort into mastering these skills early on will make faster progress and feel more confident with their chemistry. 

Year 9:

  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Bonding and Formulae
  • Acids, Alkalis and Salts
  • Metals and Reactivity
  • Crude Oil: Fuels and Hydrocarbons
  • The Earth’s Atmosphere


Years 10 :

  • Rates of Reaction
  • The Periodic Table
  • Quantitative chemistry – calculations
  • Structure and Bonding
  • Analysis
  • Further Organic Chemistry: Alcohols and Carboxylic Acids
  • Polymers


Year 11:

  • Polymers
  • Energetics
  • Electrolysis
  • Industrial chemistry - equilibria
  • Acid –base titrations
  • Modern applications of chemistry
  • Revision and exam preparation

Full details of both GCSE Chemistry courses are available at http://qualifications.pearson.com