Highgrove Education

International GCSE Chemistry

Embarking on the journey of International GCSE Chemistry offers students an exploration of the world’s fundamental building blocks. You’ll delve into the principles that govern matter, from the tiniest atoms to the vastness of the Periodic Table. It’s all about understanding how elements bond, why reactions happen, and how chemicals shape our daily lives. This qualification is your passport to the wonders of chemistry and a pathway to further education in science, where you can unlock the secrets of the universe, pursue careers in healthcare, research, or even contribute to solving global challenges. So, if you’re curious about what makes the world tick, International GCSE Chemistry is your gateway to a world of scientific discovery.

Chemistry GCSE

Key Information

What you’ll study

Entry Requirements

Assessment Information

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
QualificationInternational GCSE Chemistry
Exam board Edexcel
Exams availableJanuary and June

Online school, full time or individual courses

Course length 2 years
Weekly study time 2 x 45-minute live lessons, 3 x 30-minute self-study lessons, 1 x 30-minute teacher-marked homework
Class sizeMaximum 10
Course start September

Individual Tutoring

Recommended Approximately 100 x 45-minute individual tutoring lessons, 170 x 30-minute self-study lessons, 45 x 30-minute teacher-marked homework. Pace and level of commitment determined by individual needs.
Course start Flexible
1. Principles of chemistry
  • States of matter
  • Elements, compounds and mixtures
  • Atomic structure
  • The Periodic Table
  • Chemical formulae, equations and calculations
  • Ionic bonding
  • Covalent bonding
  • Metallic bonding
  • Electrolysis
2. Inorganic chemistry
  • Group 1 (alkali metals) – lithium, sodium and potassium
  • Group 7 (halogens) – chlorine, bromine and iodine
  • Gases in the atmosphere
  • Reactivity series
  • Extraction and uses of metals
  • Acids, alkalis and titrations
  • Acids, bases and salt preparations
  • Chemical tests
3. Physical chemistry
  • Energetics
  • Rates of reaction
  • Reversible reactions and equilibria
4. Organic chemistry
  • Introduction
  • Crude oil
  • Alkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Carboxylic acids
  • Esters
  • Synthetic polymers

For more information take a look at the Edexcel International GCSE Chemistry Specification: click here

  • A pass in the Highgrove Online School admissions test for Science

International GCSE

2 exams taken at the end of the course
Paper 1Core content (120 minutes). 61.1% of the total International GCSE.
Paper 2All content (75 minutes). 38.9% of the total International GCSE.

Please note : Students will develop knowledge and understanding of experimental skills through the context of the chemistry they are learning. Experimental skills are assessed through written examinations.


Chemistry is one of our compulsory subjects for full time students, alongside Biology, Physics, Maths, English Literature and English Language. Pupils gaining a 7 or above in GCSE Chemistry will be eligible to study Chemistry at A level.

We also offer the following GCSEs

Our core GSCE subjects are taught in group classes via a combination of interactive self-study lessons and live lessons led by an expert teacher:

Additional GCSEs subjects are available via our tutoring programme, including: