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Chemistry

We want to help develop an interest in and an enthusiasm for Chemistry. Students are given the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning.
What is Chemistry?

Can we do anything about global warming? What is nanotechnology? What happens when substances change state? Why do some things react quickly and others slowly? Do you have questions about the world around you? Come and study Chemistry to get some answers!

What will I study?

We want to help develop an interest in and an enthusiasm for Chemistry. GCSE Chemistry students are given the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning. In addition to developing an understanding of scientific concepts, the course is designed to develop students’ ability to apply ideas and evaluate information.

GCSE courses have changed. Starting from 2017, the new GCSE results are scored from 1 – 9, with a level 5 being a good pass and level 7 equivalent to an A grade.

We will be following the OCR Gateway qualification. The content is divided into six teaching topics. These are:

Topic Ideas covered
C1: Particles The particle model; atomic structure
C2: Elements , compounds and mixtures Purity and separating mixtures; bonding; properties of materials
C3: Chemical reactions Introducing chemical reactions; energetics; types of chemical reactions; electrolysis
C4: Predicting and identifying reactions and products Predicting chemical reactions; identifying the products of chemical reactions
C5: Monitoring and controlling reactions Monitoring chemical reactions; controlling reactions; equilibria
C6: Global challenges Improving processes and products; organic chemistry; interpreting and interacting with earth systems

There is also a practical activity skills topic, C7 (students complete 8 key practicals); and the skills will be assessed in both exams.

Why should I study Chemistry?

Chemistry tends to focus on the materials which make up our world, both living and non-living. This course will help you to understand the underlying ideas that help us explain what we observe.

How is it assessed?
Paper Modules Weighting Length
1 C1-C3, C7 Section A – multiple choice questions (15 marks)
Section B – structured questions including extended response (75 marks)
50% 1h 45 min
2 C4-C6, C7 (with assumed knowledge of Topics C1-C3) Section A – multiple choice questions (15 marks)
Section B – structured questions including extended response (75 marks)
50% 1h 45 min
What do I need?

Over the last couple of years we have had excellent results. To succeed you need a lot of enthusiasm and the capacity to work hard. The pace is fast so regular work and organisation is needed from the start of the year.

Notes/Reading List

CGP New Grade 9-1 GCSE Chemistry: OCR Gateway Revision Guide with Online Edition (2016), ISBN: 978-1782945673

CGP New Grade 9-1 GCSE Chemistry: OCR Gateway Exam Practice Workbook (2016), ISBN: 978-1782945161

“I really enjoy studying Chemistry at DLD because of the variety of experiments and we get a lot of knowledge in a fun way.”

Fariza Balgimbayeva – Current DLD Student

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