Due to ongoing reforms, the final opportunity to sit exams for this specification is January 2019.
Due to the short amount of time left until the Summer 2018 exam session, we advise students to reconsider moving their exam intention to January 2019.
If you do decide to go ahead with 2018 exams, the deadline for enrolling is 31st October. After this date we strongly recommend adding our Fast Track service to your enrolment. We are able to accept enrolments with Fast Track until 31st December. After this final date you would need to wait until 2019 to sit your exams.
This home study course will introduce you to the basic principles of chemistry and prepare you for the Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry exam. If you intend to study any science in any capacity, an understanding of chemistry will provide you with a good foundation on which to build your knowledge. Our IGCSE Chemistry course looks at the make-up of matter, the way different chemicals interact and form bonds, and some of the chemical processes that bring about changes in chemical structure. If you are thinking of a career in engineering, food processing, pharmaceuticals or medicine, knowledge of chemistry is essential. Full details of the course can be found below.
Would you prefer to pay for your course by instalments? Please see the ‘How to enrol’ section below for details of our low cost, interest free finance available.
No previous knowledge is required for this course.
Hours of study
As a guideline, you should allow for between 120 and 150 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period up until the final exam opportunity in January 2019.
Exams and assessment
- 2 hours, 67% of marks
- 1 hour, 33% of marks
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
All exams must be taken in the same session.
At the time of writing, please note that due to upcoming changes the final opportunity to sit exams for this course is January 2019.
NEC tutor-marked assignments:
- 1 introductory assignement
- 15 assignments
As chemistry is essentially a practical subject, some of the activities and assignments will involve basic experiments. These may be simple observations or they may be experiments that require apparatus you can find in your home, such as candles, batteries and yeast. Occasionally you may need to buy some equipment, such as test tubes or a thermometer: a full list of all the equipment you'll need will be included with your materials. No laboratory access is required.
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How to enrol
How to enrol
There are several ways to enrol with NEC:
- 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.
How can you pay?
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.
Amount of credit:
Duration of agreement:
Rate of interest:
0% APR representative.
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Unit 1: Introductory skills
- Acids and indicators
- Bases, salts and alkalis
- Oxygen in air
- Common metals
- Carbon dioxide
- Chromatography and distillation
- Flames and combustion
Unit 2: Basic chemical principles
- Solids, liquids and gases
- Mixtures, compounds, separation and purification
- Elements and the periodic table; chemical formulae
- Metals and non-metals, atomic structure
- More formulae and equations
- Trends in the periodic table
Unit 3: Chemical resources and pollution
- Pollution and pesticides
- Water, the chemical
Unit 4: Metals
- Metals and their extraction
- Corrosion and corrosion prevention
Unit 5: Structure and reactivity
- Atomic structure
- Covalent bonding
- Ionic bonding and metallic crystals
- Acids, bases and salts
Unit 6: Organic chemistry
- Organic compounds
- Structural formulae and isomers
Unit 7: Energy, equilibria and reaction kinetics
- Energy in reactions
- Kinetic theory and factors affecting reaction rate
- Reaction kinetics: an industrial case study
Unit 8: Obtaining evidence and graphical information
- Obtaining evidence from experiments
- Diffusion and graphical interpretation
Unit 9: The periodic table
- Group 0, the noble gases and hydrogen
- Group 1, the alkali metals
- Aluminium and carbon
- Carbon dioxide and carbonates
- Group 5, nitrogen
- Nitric acid
- Group 6, oxygen
- Sulphur dioxide and sulphuric acid
- Group 7, the halogens
- Group 7, chlorine
Unit 10: Chemical calculations
- The mole and reacting masses
- More moles
Unit 11: Oxidation and reduction
- Redox reactions
- Redox in action
Unit 12: Electrolysis
- Electricity and chemistry
- Predicting the products of electrolysis
Unit 13: Chemical substances: preparation and analysis
- Gas preparation and identification
- Laboratory apparatus
- Identifying substances
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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