Course Overview

The GCSE Chemistry A (Gateway Science) qualification will develop your broad scientific knowledge as well as your conceptual understanding of a range of topics within chemistry itself. You will develop practical and problem-solving skills and an ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis.

Course Structure

Chemistry A
  • C1: Particles
  • C2: Elements, compounds and mixtures
  • C3: Chemical reactions
  • C4: Predicting and identifying reactions and products
  • C5: Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions
  • C6: Global challenges
  • C7 is a practical-based topic which provides learners with the necessary skills to undertake the 15% practical content in the examinations.

Entry Requirements

3s in GCSE Combined or Seperate Sciences, at least one 6 and one 3 in English Language and GCSE mathematics.

English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at Grade A*-C in these subjects when you commence your course.

How You Will Be Assessed

 OCR GCSE (9-1) in chemistry A (Gateway Science) consists of two examined papers that are externally assessed. Each Paper is a 1 hour 45 minutes written paper (90 marks)


Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
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Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
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Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
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Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
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