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Chemistry Exam Information


Students choose to do either International GCSE Double Award Science or single subject Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

Course Content

The aim of the course is to enable you to have a greater understanding of materials and their properties. Through practical work and classroom discussion, you are encouraged to broaden your imagination to enable you to visualise what goes on in chemical reactions at the atomic level. The course should enable you to see the importance of Chemistry in the world around you and stimulate an interest in the applications of the subject in our society.

Course Structure

The GCSE course begins in Year 9, at the end of which students choose Double Award or Single Sciences. In Years 10 and 11 they complete their GCSE courses and take exams at the end of Year 11. Students take the International GCSE from Pearson with 9-1 grading.

Reading and Resources

Students have access to 2 texts, Chemistry For You and the Edexcel text. All students purchase the revision guide for a nominal amount which contains really useful exam notes. Students can also access Twig World which is an online resource showing fantastic clips and animations to help them understand the subject.

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel International GCSE

Find out more: Chemistry 4CH1

Find out more: Double Award 4SD0

Chemistry at Cheadle Hulme School

A Level

Course Content

The A-level course takes a more in depth approach to Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, and allows students to make connections between these three branches of the subject.

The aim of the course is to allow students to develop essential knowledge and understanding of the concepts of Chemistry, and the skills needed for the use of these in new and challenging situations. Students gain an understanding of the link between theory and experiment and become aware of how advances in ICT and instrumentation are used in Chemistry. Students appreciate the contribution of the subject to society and the responsible use of scientific knowledge and evidence. The course aims to develop and sustain students’ enjoyment of and interest in Chemistry. A-Level takes a much more in depth approach to Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, and allows students to make connections between these three branches of the subject.

Entry Requirements

Students will have achieved a minimum of an A in Chemistry GCSE or AA in Double Award Science.  A* in Chemistry GCSE or A* in the Chemistry component of Double Award Science are the recommended entry requirements.

Course Structure

Lower Sixth

Internal exams will be sat which will cover units 1 and 2, which will include practical questions as there is no practical coursework in the A Level.

Upper Sixth

Students takes papers 1,2 and 3 in June of the Upper Sixth having had 10 hours per fortnight of contact time. The students will complete their lab work and all competences will be signed off.

Reading and Resources

Students receive the A Level text which covers the Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth work. Students can purchase revision guides through School at a much reduced cost. It is expected that students will read beyond the course, with an option to borrow books from our mini Chemistry library.

Exam Board: AQA