What will I study in GCSE Chemistry?
Year 10 and Year 11
1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
3. Quantitative chemistry
4. Chemical changes
5. Energy changes
6. The rate and extent of chemical change
7. Organic chemistry
8. Chemical analysis
9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
10. Using resources
Groups and Assessment
Students are taught in ability based sets, with set 1 only being offered the separate Science route
Students are internally assessed part way through Year 10 in order to accurately set according to ability. Further assessment takes place during mock examinations in both years.
The qualification will be
graded on a nine-point scale: 1–9 – where 9 is the best grade. A student taking
Foundation Tier assessments will be awarded a grade within the range of 1 to 5.
Students who fail to reach the minimum standard for grade 1 will be recorded as
U (unclassified) and will not receive a qualification certificate.
Students will take formal written examinations at the end of Year 11. There are no module examinations and the course follows a linear structure with no opportunities for resitting examination papers. Students will carry out a minimum of 21 required practicals for the Trilogy course or 8 for each of the separate science courses. There will no longer be any coursework or ISA assessments. For the Trilogy course, there will be 6 examinations at the end of Year 11, each one being 1 hour and 15 minutes. For the separate sciences, there will be 2 exams for each science, each paper being 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Where this Qualification Leads
Students who gain a good grade (B or above) in this course, may take A level Chemistry. A good grade (C or above) may also be helpful in vocational courses such as hairdressing, environmental studies and engineering.
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Exam Board: AQA