GCSE Chemistry

Exam board: AQA  

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 3 hours Chemistry lessons per week, these are often supported by the work that you will complete in Challenge Projects.


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

In brief the course consists of 10 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 GCSE Teaching Programme


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

Each of the 2 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, which, although not assessed, are a compulsory component of the course.

Where can I get extra help?

Suggested texts: 

Chemistry Student Book by Richard Grime and Nora Henry. Hodder Education, ISBN: 978-1-4718-5134-6

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







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 transferrable skills.