GCSE Chemistry (Key Stage 4)

GCSE chemistry (Key Stage 4) has three main exam boards: AQA, OCR and Edexcel. Each board has two papers with the option of taking the foundation level or higher level. While there is some variation in the subject content between boards, the key ideas remain constant. Paper 1 of each board normally examines the basic concepts of GCSE chemistry. Paper 2 deals more with the use and application of chemistry. The specific topics tested by each board can be found in the tables below. The key difference between chemistry and the other two core sciences is that it focuses on the mixtures and elements that are found in nature, or manually created.

GCSE Chemistry (Key Stage 4)

Our tutoring explores the key principles behind the behaviour and makeup of matter as well as the elements. With the ever-increasing role of science in society, it is essential to understand GCSE-level chemistry; and be able to use it as a platform/base for your scientific knowledge.

At Redbridge Tuition, we help students to continuously work in smaller, feasible portions. This prevents them from becoming overwhelmed closer to the exam period.

Redbridge Tuition tutoring helps students to not only become knowledgeable chemists but to have a detailed understanding of how to apply their knowledge to given contexts and providing appropriate exam answers. With this, we aid our students in maximising their potential and gaining as many marks as possible in their GCSE chemistry exam.

Despite a few variations between exam boards, the key ideas remain consistent. As with the other sciences, chemistry is split into two exams. (AQA). In Chemistry paper 2, the students are expected to understand and apply some basic concepts and principles covered in topics from paper 1.

GCSE Exam Specifications by Exam Board

Listed below are the various specifications that are used for GCSE exams:

AQA GCSE (9-1) Chemistry:

Each paper

• is worth 100 marks

• has a weighting is 50%

• has MCQ, structured, short, closed, structured, short closed and open response

• will last 1 hour 45 minute

Paper 1 Paper 2
Atomic structure and the periodic table The rate and exchange of chemical change
Bonding, structure and properties of matter Organic chemistry
Quantitive chemistry Chemical analysis
Chemical changes Chemistry of the atmosphere
Energy changes Using resources

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Chemistry:

Each paper

• Is worth 100 marks

• has a weighting is 50%

• has MCQ, structured, short, closed and open response questions

• will last 1 hour 45 minute

Paper 1 Paper 2
Key concepts in chemistry Key concepts in chemistry
States of matter and mixtures Groups in the periodic table
Chemical changes Rates of reactions and energy changes
Extracting metals and equilibria Fuels and Earth science
Separate chemistry 1 Separate Chemistry 2

OCR GCSE (9-1) Chemistry A Gateway Science:

Each paper

• is worth 90 marks

• has a weighting is 50%

• has MCQ, structured, short, closed and open response questions

• will last 1 hour 45 minute

Paper 1 Paper 2
Particles Predicting and identifying reactions and products
Elements, compounds and mixtures Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions
Chemical reactions Global changes
Practical activity Practical activity

How Redbridge Tuition can help:

At Redbridge Tuition, our aim is to help our students understand the theoretical aspects and assist them in understanding how science underpins their own lives and existence.

If a student is able to master the concepts introduced at Key Stage 3, then greater success usually follows at GCSE.

At Key Stage 4, students are introduced to many new detailed concepts and new skills. Whilst we cannot conduct experiments in the classroom, we can certainly discuss the results of experiments, the theoretical aspects, assist with analysis, help students improve their mathematical skills and help students improve the quality and organisation of their written answers.

Students will get accustomed to not approaching problems by regurgitating facts (which may have been sufficient in previous years), but also applying knowledge.

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