Due to ongoing reforms, the final opportunity to sit exams for this specification is January 2019.
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.
Duration of study
- 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
Exams and assessment
- 2 hours, 67% of marks
- 1 hour, 33% of marks
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
This course has:
- 1 introductory assignment
- 15 assignments
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...
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