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GCSE Chemistry Higher Tier

OSC1375 / OSC1376

Our GCSE Chemistry Higher Tier course will enable you to gain an accredited qualification whilst studying at home around your other life commitments. If you enrol on a package we'll even book your exams and practical assessments for you!

Course duration

Up to one year.

Course outcome

GCSE Chemistry Higher Tier qualification (you must complete the exams and practicals to achieve this).

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

Two paper-based exams and practical assessments.

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Course code: OSC1375

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Course overview

  • Achieve a fully recognised AQA Chemistry GCSE Higher Tier qualification which is exactly the same qualification as school or college.
  • Achieve between grades 4-9 with higher tier.
  • Explore the wonder of chemistry in the science world.
  • Understand chemical bonding, atomic structure and energy changes.
  • Discover the periodic table of elements.
  • Study at your own pace, in your own environment.
  • Enrol on 'exams + practicals' to include the cost of your exams and practicals, which we'll book for you.

GCSEs are recognised qualifications that are often a gateway to further learning. GCSEs are one of the most popular and sought after level 2 qualifications in the UK. Core subjects consist of mathematics, english and science, and are key requirements for many jobs and entry to further levels of study.

We offer a range of online GCSEs, including this GCSE Chemistry Higher Tier qualification awarded by AQA.

Chemistry is a branch of science and in our GCSE Chemistry course, you will study the subject of matter, the substances that form matter and their properties and reactions, as well as the elements of the Earth and its atmosphere.

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

Please note, the higher tier course will award grades of between 4-9. 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. Please see our foundation tier course for grades between 1-5.

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

Exam details

AQA specification code: 8462

  • 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: Units 1-5

  • 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: Units 6–10

Extra information

To achieve your GCSE Chemistry Higher Tier qualification you will be assessed across all units by two paper-based exams and practical assessments.

We strongly advise you to take your practical assessments and written exams to gain your full qualification. If you add your exams and practicals to the cost of your course, let us know when you are ready to take your exams and practicals and we will book these for you!

If you choose to add your exams and practicals to your enrolment, you will need to sit your exams at our GCSE exam centre in Birmingham.

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

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol on this course. This course is for students aiming to achieve grades 4-9.

If you are wishing to study towards grades 1-5 choose our GCSE Chemistry Foundation Tier.

Study for your GCSE Chemistry around your life commitments. Whether that’s alongside work, college, or family, you can 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!

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

You will achieve grade between 4-9 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 1-5, please choose our GCSE Chemistry Foundation Tier course.

Successful students will be able to study A Level Chemistry in the future.

FAQs

Yes. This qualification is exactly the same GCSE Chemistry 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.

When enrolling with Open Study College you will receive:

Our study pack option includes a pen, highlighter, and notebook too!

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

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

If you choose to add your exams and practicals to your enrolment, you will need to sit your exams at our GCSE exam centre in Birmingham.

If you don’t add on the exams, these are an extra fee that needs to be paid to the exam centre when you book these yourself.

You are still able to study this GCSE Chemistry Higher Tier 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 Learner Services 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 team of education specialists a call on 03300 563 100 and they'll do their best to help.

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