GCSE Chemistry Resources

Use our Chemistry GCSE resources to find out where a chemistry education could take you

Many of the articles on this page will help you as you revise for your chemistry GCSE, from atomic structure to energy changes and quantitative chemistry to organic chemistry. You’ll also find information about GCSE chemistry itself, as well as advice on whether to opt for a single science or double science qualification and the differences between the two.

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Chemistry is arguably one of the most difficult subjects to do at GCSE. To do well in your exam, you’ll need a good grasp of theoretical concepts as well as practical skills. But it’s not just about memorising key concepts and practices – it’s about being able to really understand them so you can apply them to a range of complex problems…

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Preparing for the AQA GCSE chemistry exam can feel overwhelming, but if you plan your revision carefully, it will be a lot more manageable. Continue reading for some tips on how to prepare for your upcoming chemistry GCSE exam, from how to approach revising to key topics to hould focus on…

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Top 5 Tips for Revising GCSE Chemistry

Revising for GCSE chemistry requires discipline, focus, and a can-do attitude. While it can feel difficult and stressful, it’s important to make sure you have a good grasp of the topics that will come up in your exam so you can pass with a good grade…

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If you want to go on to study chemistry or science at university, you’ll first need to pass chemistry GCSE. Passing the GCSE chemistry exam isn’t only about memorising chemical names, it’s about understanding and applying deeper concepts in chemistry…

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GCSE Chemistry: Practical Skills

Chemistry wouldn’t be a real science if it were completely theoretical or abstract. Chemistry will always be about the real world, making it a practical subject requiring practical skills. Just like other natural sciences, its findings are based on empirical evidence and experimentation…

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Chemistry GCSE Revision: Using Resources

Earth’s natural resources have limits in terms of availability, abundance, renewability, and carrying capacity. Although some resources are renewable, like geothermal power, trees, and the fish in the sea, many of mankind’s economic practices are exploitative and destructive, exceeding the sustainable limits of these resources…

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Chemistry GCSE Revision: Chemistry of the Atmosphere

So far, Earth is the only known planet that supports life because of the many factors that are considered to be ideal for biological life to develop, evolve, and flourish. The chemistry of the atmosphere is one of the most important factors that determine the type of life, or any life at all that the planet can sustain. For billions of years…

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Chemical analysis is an integral and crucial part of chemistry. Great discoveries and advancements wouldn’t have been possible without analytical chemistry, which determines the chemical composition and molecular structure of all substances. Continue reading to revise topics in chemical analysis…

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Chemistry GCSE Revision: Organic Chemistry

Organic chemistry is one of the most difficult science subjects – one that even science majors find challenging. If you’re in secondary school and preparing for your GCSE in science, you probably know what we’re talking about. Not only does organic chemistry involve understanding complex concepts and memorising molecular…

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Chemistry GCSE Revision: The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change

Chemistry GCSE Revision: The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change

Chemical reactions can be fast or slow – just think about the difference between exploding dynamite and a rusting iron gate. What’s the main difference? The rate of chemical change. One happens in a split second while the other can take decades before it’s fully completed…

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Chemistry GCSE Revision: Energy Changes

All chemical reactions involve energy and energy changes in various forms, including heat, light, and sound. For example, exploding dynamite is simply a rapid chemical reaction that releases a large amount of energy in a matter of microseconds. When heated, dynamite pushes nearby objects and the surrounding air outwards, sending shockwaves and shrapnel…

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Chemistry GCSE Revision: Quantitative Chemistry

Quantitative chemistry can seem intimidating because of how maths-based it is. But it’s not as scary as it sounds, and being well-prepared will help! Revising quantitative chemistry for your chemistry GCSE will help you familiarise yourself with key concepts and reinforce your existing knowledge. It also allows you to digest the fundamental ideas…

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Chemistry GCSE Revision: Bonding, Structure, And The Properties Of Matter

The bonding, structure, and properties of matter determine the dynamics of interactions of the elements and the compounds they form. It’s possible to predict the behaviour of matter under certain conditions. Chemists can synthesise natural substances or create new materials based on their understanding of the properties of matter…

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Chemistry GCSE Revision: Atomic Structure And The Periodic Table

Among the fundamental concepts in GCSE chemistry that you should revise is the atomic structure and the arrangement of elements in the periodic table. This article will provide some guidelines and tips on how to effectively understand this important topic in preparation for your GCSE exam. Links to external sources are provided for more in-depth…

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Why Do Chemistry GCSE As A Single Science?

If you’re planning to study chemistry at ‘A’ Level, then you’ll need to have passed at least five GCSEs, and one of these should be in chemistry. If you’ve thought one step further, and are planning to pursue a specialised career in chemistry, taking Double Science (physics, chemistry and biology) at GCSE may not be…

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What’s The Difference Between GCSE Chemistry Single Science And Combined Sciences?

With the different science GCSEs available, choosing the right one can feel daunting. If you want to gain a broad understanding of biology, chemistry, and physics, a GCSE in Combined Sciences is probably the best path for you. If you already know which scientific discipline you’d like to pursue, then a single science GCSE, like…

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