Chemistry GCSE

GCSE Chemistry builds on subject content which is taught at Key Stage 3 and provides a suitable and essential foundation for the study of Chemistry at either AS or A level. In addition, it provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for learners who do not progress to further study in this subject.

Course content

Studying GCSE Chemistry provides the foundations for understanding the material world. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.

The WJEC GCSE Chemistry specification provides a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It encourages learners to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, science and to recognise its importance in their own lives and to society.

Practical work is an intrinsic part of science and investigatory practical skills are developed throughout the course.

Unit 1

CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES, REACTIONS and ESSENTIAL RESOURCES
This unit includes the following topics:
1.1 The nature of substances and chemical reactions
1.2 Atomic structure and the Periodic Table
1.3 Water
1.4 The ever-changing Earth
1.5 Rate of chemical change
1.6 Limestone

Unit 2

CHEMICAL BONDING, APPLICATION OF CHEMICAL REACTIONS and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
This unit includes the following topics:
2.1 Bonding, structure and properties
2.2 Acids, bases and salts
2.3 Metals and their extraction
2.4 Chemical reactions and energy
2.5 Crude oil, fuels and organic chemistry
2.6 Reversible reactions, industrial processes and important chemicals

PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT

This assessment gives learners the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to work scientifically. This will include experimental skills and strategies and skills in analysis and evaluation.

Assessment

Unit 1 CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES, REACTIONS and ESSENTIAL RESOURCES
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 45% of qualification

Unit 2 CHEMICAL BONDING, APPLICATION OF CHEMICAL REACTIONS and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 45% of qualification

Both Unit 1 and 2 will be examined in the final year of study

Unit 3 PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT
10% of qualification
The practical assessment will take place in the first half of the spring term (January – February) in the final year of study.

Practical tasks consist of two sections:
Section A – Obtaining results (6 marks)
Section B – Analysing and evaluating results (24 marks)

RESOURCES

Teacher prepared booklets for all topic areas
WJEC website www.wjec.co.uk for specification details, Student Revision Notes and Past Papers
Data Sheet- as issued by WJEC for use in external examinations

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