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Chemistry GCSE at Weatherhead High School

Course description

Qualification :General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board :OCR (OCEAC)
Category :Science - Science and Mathematics

Course content

Over the two year course you will cover six Chemistry modules:
C1 Carbon Chemistry - including Cooking (how and why food is cooked); Food Additives (what is added to our food and why); Smells (chemicals in cosmetics and perfumes); Crude oil (the type of chemicals in crude oil and their uses); Polymers (synthesis, properties and uses) and Energy (from carbon fuels).
C2 Rocks and Metals - Paints and Pigments (use of colour in every day life); Construction materials (properties and applications); Earth Movements (earthquakes and volcanoes); Metals and Alloys; Clean Air (causes and prevention of air pollution) and Rates of Reaction (how fast chemicals react and why).
C3 The Periodic Table - Atoms (structure and bonding); The Periodic Table (structure and exploring Groups 1 and 7); Electrolysis (applications) and Transition Metals (properties and uses).
C4 Chemical Economics - Acids and Bases (applications); Reacting Masses (chemical 'recipes'); Making Ammonia and Fertilisers (industrial methods and uses); Detergents; Nanochemistry and Water Purity.
C5 How Much? - Chemical Formulae; Quantitative analysis (quantities and concentrations); Titrations (chemical analysis); Equilibria; Strong and Weak acids and Ionic Equations.
C6 Chemistry Out There - Energy Transfer (fuel cells), Redox Reactions; Alcohols (formulae and uses); Chemistry of Sodium Chloride (uses of salt); Depletion of the Ozone Layer (pollution and environmental consequences) and Analgesics (chemistry of medicines).


In Year 11, you will be assessed through three areas:
Chemistry B Unit 1 - Exam (C1, C2 and C3) 1 Hour (33.3 %) - January Year 11
Chemistry B Unit 2 - Exam (C4, C5 and C6) 1 Hour (33.3 %) - June Year 11
Chemistry B Unit 3 - Coursework (research study and Data Task)
Assignments (33.3%) - Entered in May/June Year 11

Future opportunities

The Separate Science option is ideal if you wish to study any of the three sciences at AS or A2 Level. It will give you a more in-depth of knowledge in each of the three disciplines and a better foundation for those wishing to pursue a career in Science.

Further information

The Chemistry GCSE is studied as part of the Separate Science Option, where you will be awarded three Science GCSE grades, one in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course structure for Modules 1 to 4 is common to the Gateway Science and Additional Science qualifications which are taught within the main timetable allocation for Science. Modules 5 and 6 are covered as additional units to achieve the Separate Science GCSE. To ensure content of all modules is covered appropriately, an hour long extra-curricular 'Triple Science' lesson run each week, on a rotational basis with Biology and Physics.
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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weatherhead High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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