GCSE Chemistry Foundation Tier

Course codes: OSC1377 / OSC1378
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Achieve a GCSE in Foundation Tier Chemistry with this distance learning course including exams from Open Study College. Study whenever and wherever suits you.

  • Achieve a fully recognised AQA Chemistry GCSE Foundation Tier – exactly the same qualification as school or college
  • Achieve between grades 1-5 with foundation tier
  • Explore the wonder of chemistry in the science world
  • Understand chemical bonding, atomic structure and energy changes
  • Discover the periodic table of elements
  • Choose to study online or from course pack
  • Study at your own pace, in your own environment
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Course Overview

Open up a future in science with our AQA GCSE Chemistry.

If you are considering a future in healthcare or medicine, engineering, forensics or just interested in the subject, study our chemistry GCSE course and gain your fully recognised GCSE qualification.

Understand how atoms work, discover chemical changes and learn about chemical bonds!

Course Duration

Up to 1 year.

Course Outcome

GCSE Foundation Tier in Chemistry (you must take the exams and practical to achieve this).

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


2 paper-based exams and practical assessment.

Course Content
  • Atoms, symbols, relative atomic mass, electronic charge and isotypes
  • The periodic table
  • Properties of transition metals
  • Chemical bonds, ionic, covalent and metallic
  • Bonding and structure and their relation to the properties of substance
  • Structure and bonding of carbon
  • Bulk and surface properties of matter
  • Nano particles
  • Chemical measurements, conservation of mass and the quantitative interpretation of chemical equations
  • Amount of substance in relation to masses of pure substances
  • Yield and atom economy of chemical reactions
  • Reactivity of metals
  • Reactions of acids
  • Electrolysis
  • Exothermic and endothermic reactions
  • Chemical cells and fuel cells
  • Rate of reaction
  • Reversible reactions and dynamic equilibrium
  • Carbon compounds as fuels and feedstock
  • Reactions of alkenes and alcohols
  • Synthetic and naturally occurring polymers
  • Purity, formulations and chromatography
  • Identification of common gases
  • Identification of ions by chemical and spectroscopic means
  • The composition and evolution of the Earth’s atmosphere
  • Carbon dioxide and methane as greenhouse gases
  • Common atmospheric pollutants and their sources
  • Using the Earth’s resources and sustainable development
  • Life cycle assessment and recycling
  • Using materials
  • The Haber process and the use of NPK fertilisers