Chemistry IGCSE


Modular diagram showing the structure of the mineral, cervantite, with the oxygen atoms shown in red.

Structure of the mineral, cervantite

Oxford Open Learning is pleased to announce that we now have an exciting new course for IGCSE Chemistry. This follows the recent release of our new course for IGCSE Biology.

The new course is designed to match the Edexcel 4CH0 specification for examinations in June 2011, June 2012, or later years.

Candidates are required to sit two written examinations. There is no coursework although some familiarity with experimental procedure is required. The specification is designed as ideal preparation forA-level Chemistry study.

The OOL course is divided into Six modules that follow the structure of the Edexcel specification:

  • Module 1:    Principles of Chemistry
  • Module 2:    Chemistry of the Elements
  • Module 3:    Organic Chemistry
  • Module 4:    Physical Chemistry
  • Module 5:    Chemistry in Society
  • Module 6:    Investigative Skills

The Edexcel requirements are a little more “academic” than the equivalent GCSE but our course aims to make the study of Chemistry engaging and practical for students of all abilities.

Chemistry IGCSE may be studied on its own, alongside other Science IGCSEs or as part of a full range of IGCSE studies.

GCSE or IGCSE?

For  distance learners in general, 2010 was the last year in which it was possible to stake a “standard” GCSE in Chemistry. From 2011, GCSE students are required to undertake a controlled assessment which is not practicable unless you are in a supervised classroom. So IGCSE is the only viable choice in this and and a number of other subjects. But there are plenty of IGCSE exam centres up and down the country so it is relatively straightforward to enter the exams, especially with no coursework involved.

IGCSE test centres world-wide

If you are looking to study for IGCSE exams outside the UK, you do not need to visit the UK to sit your exams.  You can find your nearest international exam centre by visiting Edexcel International.

IGCSE qualifications are accepted as at least the equivalent of GCSEs in all UK sixth form colleges, FE colleges, universities and other HE institutions.

If you are interested in studying this or other IGCSE programmes with Oxford Open Learning, please contact one of our Student Advisers today.

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