Full time course
GCSE Chemistry is the branch of science that examines substances and composition within matter. It focuses on experiments and investigation into the properties of a substance as well as reactions. GCSE chemistry covers fundamentals of chemistry, such as anatomic structure, bonding and the periodic table as well as quantitiave chemistry, organic chemistry and chemical analysis. This course is taught through interactive workshops, practicals, discussion and theoretical presentations.
What do I need to join?
You will be expected to have previously obtained a grade 3 (grade D) in Science. Students will normally be entered at Foundation level (where it is possible to gain a grade 4 (grade C), but any student who shows particular ability can be entered at the Higher level. Additionally, you will need to have studied, or be in the process of studying, GCSE Core Science.
How long is the course?
How will I learn?
You will attend classes and participate in practical and theoretical activities, supported by independent study at home using the course textbook and online resources.
How will I know how I am doing?
Your teacher will set and help you to review your targets for the year. Online assessments will also help you to track your own progress. There will be two formal written exams as well as an Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA), which forms 25% of the overall assessment.
What can I do next?
GCSEs provide an excellent foundation to progress into both technical and academic pathways as well as being seen by employers as a key qualification for progressing in the workplace. After GCSEs, many of our students go on to study A Levels and Level 3 vocational programmes at SGS. Entry onto the GCSE Plus Programme will be assessed on an individual basis at an interview and all applicants will undertake initial assessments in English, maths and science.