GCSE

Chemistry at GCSE

Years 9, 10 and 11.

 

Specification: GCSE 9-1 OCR Gateway Science CHEMISTRY A

OCR GCSE Gateway Specification

 

 

The following topics are studied in each year group.

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Atomic structure

Structure and bonding

Rates of reaction

Particles Equilibria Acids, bases and salts

Metals and alloys

Energy

Organic Chemistry and Polymers
Separation techniques, purity (and analysis) Electrolysis

Water

Chemical analysis and Precipitation

Periodic Table

Earth and Atmosphere

Quantitative Chemistry 1

Review of Quantitative chemistry and Analysis

 

Quantitative Chemistry 2

 

 

 

The GCSE will be assessed at the end of Year 11. Those obtaining grade 8 or higher, will be eligible to continue studying Chemistry at A level.

There is no longer a coursework element to GCSE Chemistry. The students are required to completed a minimum of 8 practical activity groups (PAGs) throughout the course.  These are not formally assessed but these are a requirement. The theory of practical work and How Science Works will be examined in the final written papers. Students will have many opportunities to gain and practise these skills throughout the three year course. 

Students are taught in the same groups of 27 in which they were placed in at the start of Year 8. There are 6 Chemistry lessons per fortnight.

At the end of each year there will be an end of year examination. This will include testing work done in previous years, i.e. the year 10 examination will include material taught in year 9.