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What are the properties of atoms? How do substances interact through chemical reactions? Chemistry deals with topics like these. You'll be introduced to principles of chemistry and do experiments at home using everyday materials.
This course is one of our new Gold Star IGCSEs. Find out more about them here.
Duration of study
- States of matter
- Elements, compounds and mixtures
- Atomic structure
Section 2 - Principles of chemistry, Part 2
- The periodic table
- Ionically bonded substances
- Covalent bonding
- Covalently bonded substances
Section 3 - Inorganic chemistry, Part 1
- Chemical equations
- Alkali metals
- Gases in the atmosphere
- Carbon dioxide
- The reactivity series
Section 4 - Inorganic chemistry, Part 2
- Oxidation and reduction
- Extraction of metals
- Metallic properties
- Acids and alkalis
Section 5 - Inorganic chemistry, Part 3
- Acids and bases
- Preparation of soluble salts
- Preparation of insoluble salts
- Chemical tests, Part 1
- Chemical tests, Part 2
Section 6 - Quantitative chemistry
- Formula, masses and moles
- Reacting masses
- Experiments to find chemical formulae
- Calculating chemical formulae
- Calculating concentration
- Calculating gas volumes
Section 7 - Physical chemistry, Part 1
- Energy in reactions
- Energy level diagrams
- Measuring energy changes
- Rates of reaction
Section 8 - Organic chemistry, Part 1
- Naming organic compounds
- Classifying organic reactions
Section 9 - Physical chemistry, Part 2
- Reversible reactions
- Changing reaction conditions
- Electricity and chemistry
Section 10 - Organic chemistry, Part 2
- Carboxylic acids
Exams and assessment
- 2 hours, 61% of marks
- 1 hour 15 minutes, 39% of marks
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
This course has:
- 1 introductory assignment
- 10 assignments
- 12 core practicals
Set texts and resources
- Windows 7 or later
- Mac OSX 10.7 or later
- Google Chrome OS
- Android 4.4 or later, using the Chrome browser
- iOS 6 or later, using the Safari browser
- Google Chrome (latest version)
- Mozilla Firefox (latest version)
- Safari 6 or later
- Internet Explorer 10 or later (excluding IE11)
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How to enrol
- Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above.
- Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team.
- Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.
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What our students say...
"You need lots of motivation but the results that you can achieve can be amazing! A few years ago I would never have thought that I would want to go and study them further at A level. I would like to thank the NEC tutors for their support during my studies."
— Sarah Hindley