1Course Overview

IGCSE Chemistry

Course code: OSC1142

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Pursue your studies in chemistry, from home!

The IGCSE chemistry is an internationally renowned qualification that is recognised worldwide by universities, schools and employers as equivalent in status and academic rigour to a UK GCSE.

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in chemistry, the IGCSE chemistry course is ideal for:

  • Students who are planning to study chemistry at A-Level
  • Those aspiring to a career involving chemistry, such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary nursing

The IGCSE Chemistry course enables you to:

  • Learn about the unifying patterns and themes of chemistry
  • Form hypotheses and design experiments to test them
  • Develop a logical approach to problem solving in a wider context
  • Gain an internationally recognised qualification for further studies in chemistry and other sciences at A-Level and BTEC Level
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2Course Content

Specification: Edexcel 4CH1

Section 1: Principles of chemistry 
  • States of matter
  • Atoms
  • Atomic structure
  • Relative formula masses and molar volumes of gases
  • Chemical formulae and chemical equations
  • Ionic compounds
  • Covalent substances
  • Metallic crystals
  • Electrolysis
Section 2: Chemistry of the elements 
  • The Periodic Table
  • Group 1 elements – lithium, sodium and potassium
  • Group 7 elements – chlorine, bromine and iodine
  • Oxygen and oxides
  • Hydrogen and water
  • Reactivity series
  • Test for ions and gases
Section 3: Organic chemistry 
  • Introduction
  • Alkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Ethanol
Section 4: Physical chemistry 
  • Acids, alkalis and salts
  • Energetics
  • Rates of reaction
  • Equilibria
Section 5: Chemistry in society
  • Extraction and uses of metals
  • Crude oil
  • Synthetic polymers
  • The industrial manufacture of chemicals
3Other Information
Assessment

To achieve an IGCSE in chemistry you will be assessed across the 5 sections. All sections will be assessed 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.

A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

  • Paper: Chemistry Paper 1 4CH1/1C
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 Hours
  • Weighing: 66.7% of the IGCSE
  • Total Marks: 120
  • Assessed: Content from all 5 sections
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  • Paper: Chemistry Paper 2 4CH1/2C
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Weighing: 33.3% of the IGCSE
  • Total Marks: 60
  • Assessed: Content from all 5 sections
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  • Although you are assessed formally by examination, you will also be required to submit tutor-marked assignments. These are designed to help you and monitor your progress.

The first chance to sit the exam associated with this specification will be June 2019. 

Course Duration

You will have 12 months to complete the full IGCSE Chemistry course from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

This course enables you to study for an IGCSE chemistry by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent online or by post, so receiving your materials is easy and hassle-free. Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this home learning course you will receive an IGCSE in Chemistry.

The IGCSE is recognised by universities, schools and employers around the world as an international equivalent to a UK GCSE. It is awarded by Edexcel.

It serves as ideal preparation for follow-up courses, such as A/AS Level, the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), US Advanced Placement Programme and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

4Q&As

Your Questions Answered

Is this the same qualification as a GCSE from a school or college?

Yes! IGCSE’s are equivalent to GCSE’s. The only difference is that the course is designed to be studied from home, you receive full tutor support via email and they are internationally recognised.

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

What is included in the cost of the course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • Comprehensive study guide*
  • Open Study College pen and highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*

* Not included with the online study option

Is there a required reading list?

No extra reading is required for the completion of this course.

Do I have to sit an exam?

You will need to take the official IGCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course. It is your responsibility to book and pay for any exams and practicals included in this course yourself. You can find out more about where to sit your examinations and practicals by visiting the Pearson Edexcel website.

The first chance to sit the exam associated with this specification will be June 2019. 

Students are required to take full responsibility for making arrangements with their chosen test centre.

Are there any additional costs?

For this particular course, examination centres charge a substantial fee to take your exams and practical assessments, which is why we thoroughly recommend you conduct further research into this before enrolling.

What if I live outside the UK?

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

What happens if I lose my course pack?

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.

What if I still have questions?

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 Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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