iGCSE Chemistry (4CHO)

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iGCSE Chemistry (4CHO)

 

Examining Board: Edexcel

Next Examination Period: May / June 2018

Final Examination Period: January 2019

Exam Specification Code: 4CHO 

Oxford Learning College Course Code: IGCH

 

Introduction

Oxford College is pleased to offer the Edexcel International GCSE in Chemistry.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to experience Chemistry and is designed to provide a basis for progression to further study in GCE Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level Chemistry.

The course will enable you to;

The Edexcel International in GCSE Chemistry will enable you to:

  • Learn about the unifying patterns and themes of chemistry.
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of chemical facts, concepts and principles.
  • Appreciate the practical nature of chemistry, developing experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques.
  • Appreciate the importance of accurate experimental work and reporting as scientific methods.
  • Develop a logical approach to problem solving in a wider context.
  • Understand the widespread importance of chemistry and how materials are used in the world.
  • Evaluate, in terms of your chemical knowledge and understanding, the benefits and drawbacks of real-life applications of science, including their everyday, industrial and environmental aspects.
  • Select, organise and present information clearly and logically, using appropriate scientific terms and conventions.
  • Prepare for more advanced courses in chemistry and for other courses which require you to have knowledge of chemistry.

The Edexcel International GCSE Chemistry course will help you to explore the fundamental principles of chemistry and also to develop your understanding of its patterns and themes.

In particular you will learn about;

  • The importance of safe working practices in the laboratory environment.
  • The necessity for accuracy in experimental work.
  • The concept of Hypotheses and designing experiments.
  • The need for logical approaches to problem solving.
  • The wider importance of the role of a chemist and the way materials are used in the world

Course Content

This Edexcel International GCSE Chemistry course consists of 5 sections exploring different aspects of Chemistry.

This course consists of five units:

Unit 1: Principles of Chemistry

Unit 2: Chemistry of the Elements

Unit 3: Organic Chemistry

Unit 4: Physical Chemistry

Unit 5: Chemistry in Industry

The five sections are as follows:

Unit 1: Principles of Chemistry

  • Atoms
  • Atomic structure
  • Relative formula masses
  • Chemical formulae and chemical equations
  • Ionic compounds
  • Covalent Substances
  • Metallic crystals
  • Electrolysis

You will also consider the practical aspects of study in these topic areas.

Unit 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
  • Tests for ions and gases

You will also consider the practical aspects of study in these topic areas.

Unit 3: Organic Chemistry

  • Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Ethanol

You will also consider the practical aspects of study in these topic areas.

Unit 4: Physical Chemistry

  • Acids, alkalis and salts
  • Energetics
  • Rates of reaction
  • Equilibria

You will also consider the practical aspects of study in these topic areas.

Unit 5: Chemistry in Industry

  • Extraction and uses of metals
  •  Crude oil
  •  Synthetic polymers
  • The industrial manufacture of chemicals

You will also consider the practical aspects of study in these topic areas.


Examination Board: Edexcel

Examination Codes: 4CHO

By the end of the AS Level you will have begun to successfully investigate key areas of Chemistry and be prepared for further progression in this and related fields.

By the end of the Edexcel International GCSE you will have also investigated several key topic areas in much greater detail and practised some of the research skills that are so necessary to success not only in this field but in other interrelated fields.


The format of the Examinations

PLEASE NOTE: All exams will be held during the May - June exam period.

Paper 1 is externally assessed through an examination paper lasting 2 hours.

Paper 2 is externally assessed through an examination paper lasting 1 hour.

This Edexcel International GCSE in Chemistry comprises two externally assessed papers:

  • Chemistry Paper 1
  • Chemistry Paper 2

Chemistry Paper 1 Paper code: 4CH0/1C

  • Externally assessed
  • Availability: January and June series
  • First assessment: June 2013

Overview of content

Assesses all content in the specification including content not in bold.

  • Section 1: Principles of chemistry
  • Section 2: Chemistry of the elements
  • Section 3: Organic chemistry
  • Section 4: Physical chemistry
  • Section 5: Chemistry in industry

Overview of assessment

  • The paper is assessed through a 2-hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.
  • The total number of marks is 120.
  • Grades A*–G are available.

Chemistry Paper 2 Paper code: 4CH0/2C

  • Externally assessed
  • Availability: January and June series
  • First assessment: June 2013

Overview of content

Assesses all content in the specification including content in bold.

  • Section 1: Principles of chemistry
  • Section 2: Chemistry of the elements
  • Section 3: Organic chemistry
  • Section 4: Physical chemistry
  • Section 5: Chemistry in industry

Overview of assessment

  • The paper is assessed through a 1-hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.
  • The total number of marks is 60.
  • Grades A*–G are available.
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