Old Specification for teaching 2010-12

In GCSE Chemistry students cover 16 learning areas. These are:

  • atomic structure and bonding

  • electrolysis

  • solids, liquids and gases

  • elements, compounds and mixtures

  • useful products from metal ores and rocks

  • acids, bases and salts

  • chemical change

  • reactivity series

  • equations

  • quantitative chemistry

  • rates of reaction

  • the periodic table

  • metals and their compounds

  • non-metals and their compounds

  • water

  • organic chemistry



In GCSE Chemistry, students’ coursework is carried out through hands-on investigative and experimental work conducted in class.

All coursework is set and assessed by the teacher. Teachers assess students on the following three skill areas:

  • planning experimental procedures;

  • obtaining evidence; and

  • interpreting and evaluating.

Coursework accounts for 25 percent of the students’ final marks.

For more information on the coursework requirement, please see the full specification.

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