Chemistry (GCSE)

Chemistry GCSE

Introduction

At Xabia International College we have specialist teachers teaching each of the three sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). To challenge students, we offer the three separate sciences at International GCSE level. This is the best qualification to prepare our students for the subject at Advanced level in Year 12 and 13. Chemistry International GCSE is a course that is highly regarded and is usually chosen as programme of study by the top private schools in the UK.Chemistry is a subject.
Chemistry is the study of matter and energy and the interaction between them. There are many reasons to study chemistry, even if you aren’t pursuing a career in science.
Chemistry is everywhere in the world around you! It’s in the food you eat, clothes you wear, water you drink, medicines, air, cleaners… you name it. Chemistry sometimes is called the “central science” because it connects other sciences to each other, such as biology, physics, geology, and environmental science..

Teaching

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:
• learn about unifying patterns and themes in chemistry and use them in new and changing situations
• acquire knowledge and understanding of chemical facts, terminology, concepts, principles and practical techniques
• apply the principles and concepts of chemistry, including those related to the applications of chemistry, to different contexts
• evaluate chemical information, making judgements on the basis of this information • appreciate the practical nature of chemistry, developing experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques
• analyse, interpret and evaluate data and experimental methods, drawing conclusions that are consistent with evidence from experimental activities and suggesting possible improvements and further investigations
• recognise the importance of accurate experimental work and reporting scientific methods in chemistry
• select, organise and present relevant information clearly and logically using appropriate vocabulary, definitions and conventions
• develop a logical approach to problem solving in a wider context.
• select and apply appropriate areas of mathematics relevant to chemistry as set out under each topic
• prepare for more advanced courses in chemistry and for other courses that require knowledge of chemistry.
The Chemistry IGCSE is assessed with two exams at the end of the two year course.

Why study Chemistry at XIC?

XIC´s Science Department consists of highly motivated, dedicated and qualified teachers who all have many years experience at teaching their specialist science. Our science classes are small and this allows us to provide each student with individual attention and support. The chemistry is taught with a combination of theory and practical investigative work to foster skills in using the scientific equipment, problem solving, organisation, analysis and independent thinking as well as to make the subject fun.

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