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Chemistry : GCSE at WQE

Course description

Every substance in the universe is composed of matter. Chemistry helps us to understand matter by explaining its structure, properties and reactions in terms of atoms. This course involves investigating properties and reactions of substances and learning about the importance of chemicals in our everyday lives. This information can be used to help combat climate change, discover drugs to cure diseases and improve chemical production processes to name a few.

Course content

There are seven teaching units (C1-C6) which includes an embedded practical skills unit (C7). The teaching units include:


C1: Particles
C2: Elements, compounds and mixtures
C3: Chemical reactions
C4: Predicting and identifying reactions and products
C5: Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions
C6: Global challenges
C7: Practical Activity Skills

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard College entry requirements this course requires students to have achieved grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics; and at least grades 3, 3 in GCSE Combined Science. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.

Financial information

Students sit two written papers at the end of the academic year. Each paper is worth 50% of the final grade, and the second paper will include synoptic assessment. The practical-based topic (C7) provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to approach the 15% practical content in the examinations.

The exam papers are taken at either Foundation or Higher level depending on ability.

Future opportunities

After successful completion of the course students can progress on to Level 3 Science courses, including A-Level Chemistry or Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Applied Science. The GCSE Sciences are also required to progress on to specific careers such as Nursing or Teaching.

Further information

For further information please visit our website www.wqe.ac.uk or see our prospectus.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Web url: www.wqe.ac.uk

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