GCSE Chemistry

Exam board: Year 10  AQA ( from September 2016)  Year 11 OCR Specification A 21st Century Science


Why study GCSE Chemistry?

GCSE Chemistry enables you to learn about the unifying patterns and themes of chemistry. You will acquire knowledge and understanding of chemical facts, concepts and principles as well as being able to appreciate the practical nature of chemistry, developing experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques. Chemistry allows you to develop a logical approach to problem solving in a wider context and understand widespread importance of chemistry and how materials are used in the world. The course will teach you how to evaluate, in terms of chemical knowledge and understanding, the benefits and drawbacks of real-life applications of science, including their everyday, industrial and environmental aspects whilst in the process preparing you for more advanced courses in chemistry and for other courses which require you to have a knowledge of chemistry.

Chemistry at UTC Cambridge

At UTC Cambridge we believe that science is a practical subjects and we strive to make lessons as interactive and practical as possible.  You will receive three hours Chemistry lessons per week, these are often supported by the work that you will complete in Challenge Projects.

Where can GCSE Chemistry take you?

Chemistry opens the doors to many careers and courses.  In the short term it allows you to go on to study for A Level Chemistry or BTECs in the sciences.  Qualifications in Chemistry also lead onto a very wide range of university courses, apprenticeships and careers, which can include traditional careers such as medicine, veterinary science, and research or a range of other subjects as there are many transferable skills. 



Year 10

The full specification can be found by clicking here  or for a summary of the course content here. 

In brief the course consists of ten taught units:

  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  3. Quantitative chemistry
  4. Chemical changes
  5. Energy changes
  6. The rate and extent of chemical change
  7. Organic chemistry
  8. Chemical analysis
  9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  10. Using resources


Year 10 GCSE Teaching Programme


Year 11

The full specification can be found by clicking here, or for a summary of the course content please see below.

In brief the course consists of seven taught units:

Module C1: Air quality

Module C2: Material choices

Module C3: Chemicals in our lives: risks and benefits

Module C4: Chemical patterns

Module C5: Chemicals of the natural environment

Module C6: Chemical synthesis

Module C7: Further chemistry 


Year 11 GCSE Teaching Programme


Year 10

Two X 1 hour 45min exams (paper 1 units 1-5 paper 2 units 6-10)

Each of the two papers contributes 50% of the overall grade for Chemistry

Both papers contain a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions

In addition to the exams each student has to complete 10 required practical activities, whilst, although not assessed, are a compulsory component of the course.

Year 11

Three x 1 hour exams (paper 1 units C1, 2 & 3, paper 2 units C4, 5 & 6, paper 3 unit C7)

1 piece of Controlled Assessment completed in college

Each of the three papers and the controlled assessment contribute 25% towards the overall grade for Chemistry.

Each of the papers contains a mixture of structured, closed short answer and open response questions.

Where can I get extra help?

Year 10

This is a new course and we will add information as it becomes available

Year 11

Suggested texts: 

Twenty First Century Science: GCSE Chemistry Student Book 2 (ISBN 978-0199138371)

(an electronic version of this book is available on college computers)

Revision guides for this course can be purchased at a discounted price through the college.