IGCSE Chemistry teaches students about the technological world in which they live and encourages them to take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. This course covers the fundamentals of elements, the structure of compounds and the reactions associated with various types of chemical compounds. IGCSE Chemistry teaches students about the importance of Chemistry fundamentals that help to improve the quality of life be it food, clothing, air, shelter, health, energy, etc. This course is designed in a way that helps students understand the importance of research and development in the field so that they can produce intensive goods & services to mean human needs.
IGCSE Chemistry enables students to recognize that science is evidence-based and to comprehend the utility and limitations of the scientific method.
The IGCSE Chemistry syllabus consists of 14 topics which are:
- The Particulate Nature of Matter
- Experimental Techniques
- Atoms, Elements and Compounds
- Electricity and Chemistry
- Chemical Energetics
- Chemical Reactions
- Acids, Bases and Salts
- The Periodic Table
- Air and Water
- Organic Chemistry
Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry 0620 Assessment Structure
The eligibility criteria for entering the Grading Scale are similar and mandatory for Grades A* to G to all IGCSE students. The Candidates need to take three assessment papers according to their assigned grade scale.
The IGCSE Candidates who are expected to achieve a grade of D or below and studied the core subject content of the IGCSE Chemistry are entitled to paper 1, Paper 3, and Either Paper 5 or Paper 6. The range of the grade scale is from C to G.
The IGCSE Candidates are expected to get a Grade between C and Above, and have studied both the core and supplementary content, are entitled to give paper 2, Paper 4, and Either Paper 5 or Paper 6 are eligible for the grade level A* to G.
|Paper||All candidates take:||Duration||Practical test||MCQs||Theory||weightage|
|Paper 1||40 four-option multiple-choice questions will be based on the Core subject content. Externally assessed||45 minutes||–||30%||–||40 marks|
|Paper 2||40 four-option multiple-Choice question sessions Questions will be based on the Extended subject content (Core and Supplement) Externally assessed||45 minutes||–||30%||–||40 marks|
|Paper 3||Short-answer and structured questions will be based on the Core subject content Externally assessed||1hrs 15 minutes||–||–||50%||80 marks|
|Paper 4||Short-answer and structured questions will be based on the Extended subject content (Core and Supplement) Externally assessed||1hrs 15 minutes||–||–||50%||80 marks|
|Paper 5||Questions will be based on the experimental skills in Section 4 Externally assessed||1hrs 15 minutes||20%||–||–||40 marks|
|Paper 6||Questions will be based on the experimental skills in Section 4 Externally assessed||1hrs||20%||–||–||40 marks|
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Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry Assessment Objectives (AOs)
In the IGCSE Chemistry, there are a total of 3 AOs present. Each is designed to evaluate the core skill of the IGCSE student and enhance the skills by putting different tasks or individual programmed sets of exams.
AO1: In this, the objective is to help IGCSE students to understand the core concept of facts, laws, terminology, vocabulary, instrument, and convention and also the scientific and technical knowledge applications of chemistry.
AO2: In this, it focuses on the IGCSE student’s ability to understand and problem-solving skills. This AO also enhances the presentation, translation of information, and manipulation of numerical and other data analysis skills.
AO3: The core focus of this AO is to get familiar with the situation of the real-life application, on the experimental and the theoretical investigation, teaching the safety procedures, make record observations, measurements, etc.
Table of Weighting in IGCSE and Component % for AOs
|Weighting in IGCSE and Components %|
|Assessment objective||Weighting in IGCSE %||Paper 1 & 2||Paper 3 & 4||Paper 5 & 6|