Upper School (IGCSEs)

IGCSE Chemistry


The International GCSE Chemistry syllabus is designed to enable online school pupils to explain and understand the technological world around them. This highly valued qualification will evidence both pupils’ understanding of key theoretical principles and practical skills.

The International GCSE Chemistry syllabus enables pupils to progress on to A Level Chemistry which will open opportunities to study further at university.


Teacher assessments are continuous during LIVE TAUGHT lessons, marking of coursework and assignments and summative tests.


Homework will be given at the end of each week, usually in the form of problems to solve, researching key concepts.


Parents have 24 /7 access to all of their children’s coursework. Additionally, the school holds 3 parent consultations per year – one each term.

C1. The particulate nature of matter

C2. Experimental techniques
2.1 Methods of separation and purification

C3. Atoms, elements and compounds
3.1 Physical and chemical changes
3.2 Elements, compounds and mixtures
3.3 Atomic structure and the Periodic Table
3.4 Ions and ionic bonds
3.5 Molecules and covalent bonds
3.6 Giant structures

C4. Stoichiometry
4.1 The mole concept

C5. Electricity and chemistry

C6. Energy changes in chemical reactions
6.1 Energetics of a reaction

C7. Chemical reactions
7.1 Speed of reaction
7.2 Redox

C8. Acids, bases and salts
8.1 The characteristic properties of acids and bases
8.2 Types of oxides
8.3 Preparation of salts
8.4 Identification of ions and gases

C9. The Periodic Table
9.1 Periodic trends
9.2 Group properties
9.3 Transition elements
9.4 Noble gases

C10. Metals
10.1 Properties of metals
10.2 Reactivity series
10.3 Extraction of metals
10.4 Uses of metals

C11. Air and water

C12. Sulfur

C13. Carbonates

C14. Organic chemistry
14.1 Fuels
14.2 Introduction to organic compounds
14.3 Hydrocarbons
14.4 Alcohols
14.5 Macromolecules
14.6 Synthetic polymers
14.7 Natural macromolecules

These topics will be taught in Years 10 and 11 to prepare students for their examinations.

Recommended but not necessary

  • Cambridge IGCSE® Chemistry Coursebook with CD-ROM (Cambridge International Examinations) Paperback – 31 Jul 2014 by Richard Harwood (Author), Ian Lodge (Author); ISBN 978-1-107-61503-8
  • Cambridge IGCSE® Biology Coursebook with CD-ROM (Cambridge International Examinations) Paperback – 31 Jul 2014 by Mary Jones (Author), Geoff Jones (Author); ISBN 978-1-107-61479-6
  • Cambridge IGCSE® Physics Workbook (Cambridge International Examinations) Paperback – 31 Jul 2014 by David Sang (Author); ISBN 978-1-107-61458
  • Access to a printer, pencil, ruler, rubber, pen and notebook

Parents are responsible for arranging their child’s examinations at their local registered examination centre. Cambridge Home School students study from every part of the globe and so it is not practical for the school to offer a single venue to sit examinations. Consequently, Cambridge Home School is not registered with Cambridge International Examinations but has partnerships with examination centres registered with Cambridge International Examinations, Edexcel, OCR and AQA, and will support students in locating a suitable venue for sitting their written and practical examinations.

“The conducting of experiments is potentially dangerous and must be supervised by an adult. Cambridge Home School and its teachers do not demand that pupils conduct experiments. Parents and pupils must make the decision on whether or not to conduct experiments / dangerous activities and must therefore accept responsibility for any outcomes. Cambridge Home School does not accept responsibility for experiments or any other dangerous activity conducted at the homes of its pupils or in any other place.”

General points

Assessment, apart from the final International GCSE exams, assessments will be carried out continuously throughout lessons, via homework or short tests.

Practicals will not be possible due to the online nature of teaching, but students are welcome to carry out safe practicals at home. Students are also encouraged to watch videos of practicals online, for example using YouTube. Students will also be encouraged to think scientifically in an everyday context, making them aware of the science around them and how it can help in solving problems.

The Teacher

From Mr O’Connell:

My name is Mr O’Connell. I am a Cambridge graduate and Head of the Chemistry department at CHS. With a background in organic chemistry, I have many years of teaching experience specialising in GCSE and A-Level Chemistry. I also have experience working as a demonstrator and marker at other universities.

dr.o'connell Chemistry Cambridge Home School

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