GCSE Chemistry

  • Teaching from: September 2016
  • Exams from: June 2018
  • Specification code: 8462
  • QAN code: 601/8757/8

GCSE Chemistry is one of seven qualifications in our Science for all suite, developed with teachers to inspire and challenge students of all abilities and aspirations.

Some topics have been removed or added, but our specification has a better flow for teaching and learning. At the heart of the course are eight required practicals, many of them familiar. We’ve given you guidance on how to integrate them into your teaching.

Straightforward questions mean straightforward answers. Our improved exams have fewer words, fewer contexts, and questions that increase in difficulty.


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  • 16 May 2019 Exam for GCSE Chemistry Paper 1 (both tiers) (8462/1F and 1H)
    Series: June 2019
    Start time: am
    Duration: 1h 45m
  • 12 June 2019 Exam for GCSE Chemistry Paper 2 (both tiers) (8462/2F and 2H)
    Series: June 2019
    Start time: am
    Duration: 1h 45m

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