What is Chemistry?

GCSE Chemistry can be studied as a stand-alone qualification, leading to a Triple Science Award. Alternatively you may decide to take the Double Award/Combined Science route.

What will I study?

Course structure:

1 -Atomic structure and the periodic table

2 -Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

3- Quantitative chemistry

4- Chemical changes

5 -Energy changes

6 -The rate and extent of chemical change

7 -Organic chemistry

8- Chemical analysis

9- Chemistry of the atmosphere

What will I gain from studying the subject?

GCSE Chemistry is an important qualification that gives you many transferrable skills. It can lead to careers in Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Veterinary science, Optometry, Agriculture, Microbiology, Botany, Horticulture, Zoology, Marine Biology, Nursing, Environmental Health, Nutrition, Material and Polymer Science, Technology, Materials Engineering, Engineering.

How is it assessed?

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.

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 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


  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 50% of GCSE

Exam Board: AQA GCSE (9-1)  Chemistry

What do I need?

You should have studied Science and Maths before. You should be curious about how the world works and ready to make connections between what you can observe about the world and scientific principles. You need to be willing to work hard and be challenged. You need to be willing to take part in regular practical sessions.


When is this exam available?

This exam is available in May/June every year.