AQA GCSE Chemistry

GCSE Chemistry

Units/modules studied by term

Year 1

Autumn:
4.1 Atomic structure and the periodic table
4.2 Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
4.3 Quantitative chemistry
Spring:
4.4 Chemical changes
4.5 Energy changes
Summer:
4.6 The rate and extent of chemical change

Year 2

Autumn:
4.6 The rate and extent of chemical change (cont.)
4.7 Organic chemistry
Spring:
4.8 Chemical analysis
4.9 Chemistry of the atmosphere
4.10 Using resources
Summer:
Revision

Course Details

Course/awarding title: AQA
Specification Code: 8462
Qualification Accreditation: 601/8757/8
Length of course: 2 Years
Guided learning hours: 360 GLH
Tiers: Higher/Foundation

Assessment

Outcome grades: 1-9
Entry requirements: N/A – Assessment in Yr 10 to assess Combined Chemistry or Separate Chemistry
External examination:

Paper 1

Topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

How it’s assessed
• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
• Foundation and Higher Tier
• 100 marks
• 50% of GCSE

Paper 2

Topics 6–10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

How it’s assessed
• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
• Foundation and Higher Tier
• 100 marks
• 50% of GCSE

Coursework: 8 Required Practicals
Coursework Deadlines: Required Practicals completed before May

Assessments: Assessment after every topic, Yr 10 Mocks (May), Yr 11 Mock (Jan), Y11 (End of course)