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+ Course Dates April 2019

  • 10-11 (Wednesday – Thursday)
  • 12-13 (Friday – Saturday)
  • 16-17 (Tuesday – Wednesday)

GCSE & IGCSE courses include 12 hrs of tuition taken over 2 full days. 9am to 5pm. It is ESSENTIAL that you read the accompanying course outline(s) before applying for the course.

+ Aim

The aim of this course is to review the major topics of the IGCSE Chemistry syllabus. Students will work through carefully selected past paper questions, with a focus on commonly asked problems, as well as model answers and mark schemes. With the tutor’s support, students will develop their exam technique, learning how best to apply their understanding so as to secure marks in the exam.

+ Key Topics Covered

Principles of chemistry

States of matter, particle theory, diffusion, solutions and solubility.

Elements, compounds and mixtures; separation techniques; chromatography and Rf values.

Atomic structure, subatomic particles and relative atomic masses.

Periodic table structure, electron configurations up to calcium, the noble gases.

Balancing chemical formulae and calculations (gas volume, reacting masses, percentage yield, empirical formulae).

Covalent bonding: dot-and-cross diagrams, properties, intermolecular forces, allotropes of carbon, simple molecular versus giant covalent structures.

Ionic bonding: dot-and-cross diagrams, ion charges, ionic formulae, properties.

Metallic bonding: 2D diagram, conductivity and malleability.

Electrolysis: describing experiments, predicting products, writing half-equations.

Inorganic chemistry

Group 1 and Group 7: trends, properties and reactions.

Gases: approximate percentages in dry air, experiments to determine the percentage of oxygen in air, combustion of elements, thermal decomposition of metal carbonates, CO2 as a greenhouse gas.

Reactivity series: displacement reactions, rusting, redox, positions of C and H.

Extraction and uses of metals: relation of extraction method to the reactivity series, general principles, alloys.

Acids and alkalis: definitions, pH scale, titration method and calculations, indicator solutions.

Salt preparation: solubility rules, three different methods.

Qualitative analysis: tests for gases and aqueous ions, flame test procedure and colours, testing for water.

Physical chemistry

Energetics: heat energy, energy level diagrams, bond energy calculations, calorimetry.

Rates of reaction: factors affecting rate, collision theory, describing experiments to investigate changes, catalysts, reaction profile diagrams.

Reversible reactions: dynamic equilibrium, shifting the position of equilibrium, the Haber and contact processes as examples.

Organic chemistry

Basic concepts: naming compounds, different types of formulae, classifying reactions, isomerism.

Hydrocarbons: crude oil, combustion, fractional distillation, cracking and its conditions, alkanes and alkenes, test with bromine water.

Alcohols: structure, two production routes, oxidation.

Carboxylic acids: structure, reactions with metals and metal carbonates.

Esters: structure, synthesis, real-world uses.

Addition and condensation polymers: drawing monomers, repeat units and polymers; polymerisation reactions; issues of disposal and biodegradability.

+ Assessment

The course will include homework to be completed each night and students will answer mock exam questions to enable feedback.

+ Course Materials

Students should bring copies of their own specifications and their main textbooks, along with a scientific calculator. All other materials will be provided.

+ Other Information

This course is primarily designed for students taking IGCSE Chemistry as a separate science qualification offered by the Edexcel exam board. The content is similar to that of the CIE Chemistry IGCSE syllabus and we welcome bookings from students taking exams with CIE. This course would also benefict students taking IGCSE Double Award Science, as around 70 to 80% of the content is common to both courses; it will be made clear when topics are only relevant to the separate science candidates.

Please note this course is not suitable for students following Chemistry or Double Award Science specifications other than Edexcel or CIE IGCSE.

Please note that the emphasis given to particular topics will be weighted to the needs and requirements of the candidates in the group.

IGCSE – 2 day course (12 hours of tuition) = £395

+ Discount Incentives (per single student booking)

Bookings over £1,000 – 2.5% discount

Bookings over £1,450 – 5% discount

Bookings over £1,950 – 10% discount