GCSE Chemistry Foundation Tier

Course codes: OSC1377 / OSC1378

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.

Assessment

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
Extra info

Assessment

You will be assessed across the above units by 2 paper-based examinations.

A range of practical skills for this course will be assessed through written exams. Therefore, we strongly advise you to take your practical assessments and written exams.

If you add the exams and practicals, we will book the exams and practicals for you. Just let us know when you are ready and we will book!

Please note: If you add on the exams, you will need to be able to travel to our exam centre in Birmingham. You need to ensure you are able to travel to this location. Practicals take place in the Easter holiday.

Course Duration

You have 1 full year to complete your course which starts from your enrolment date. During this time, you have access to full tutor support through email.

Course Requirements

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol on this course. This course is for students aiming to achieve grades 1-5.

If you are wishing to study towards grades 4-9 choose GCSE Chemistry Higher Tier.

Study Method

Study for your GCSE Chemistry around your life commitments. Whether that’s alongside work, college or family – study at a pace that suits you.

Choose to study online or from a course pack. As long as you have your study materials, you can study wherever you want.

Tutor support is available through email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcome

Once you have studied the course and successfully passed the examinations, you will be awarded your AQA GCSE Chemistry.

You will achieve grade between 1-5 with the higher tier paper. If you just fail to achieve grade 4, you will be awarded an allowed grade 3.

Students who fail to meet the minimum standard for an allowed grade 3 will be recorded as U (unclassified) and will not receive a qualification certificate.

For students wishing to study towards grades 4-9, please choose our GCSE Chemistry Higher Tier course.

Progression

Successful students with a reasonable grade will be able to study Chemistry A Level.

Exam details

Paper 1
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Weighting: 50% of GCSE
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Question type: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response
  • Assessed: Topics 1-5
Paper 2
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Weighting: 50% of GCSE
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Question type: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response
  • Assessed: Topics 6–10
Q&As

Yes. This qualification is exactly the same GCSE you would receive from a school or college. It is accredited by AQA. The only difference is you are able to study this course at your own pace, in your own environment.

Our Study Pack Option includes:

  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • Student study planner
  • Document wallet

You will need to take the official GCSE exams and practicals in order to fully complete this course.

If you pick the exam option, we will book the exams and practicals for you. Just let us know when you are ready and we will book these.

Please note, you can only achieve up to a grade 5 with the foundation tier.
For students wishing to study towards grades 4-9, please choose our GCSE Chemistry Higher Tier course.

No, all costs are included within the price! If you don’t add on the exams, you will need to book and pay for these separately. You may want to purchase textbooks to supplement your course, but this is entirely optional.

You are still able to study this GCSE course, but must take the examinations within the UK, as this is the only guaranteed way to access exam centres.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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