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Chemistry IGCSE

Course Overview

What basic substances make up the world we live in and how do they interact? These are just two of the fundamental questions that chemistry attempts to answer and which students will explore in this fascinating course. The OHS Chemistry IGCSE course also aims to develop students skills for the practical-based components of the theory exams.  It is not essential for the student to carry out this work themselves, but if they can undertake some of it at home, or have the opportunity to perform supervised laboratory work in the course of their studies, this will be a great help.

Course Content

The lessons are planned so that all the material and preparation required for the final examination papers is in the following six course modules:

  • Module 1: Principles of Chemistry
  • Module 2: Chemistry of the Elements
  • Module 3: Organic Chemistry
  • Module 4: Physical Chemistry
  • Module 5: Chemistry in Society
  • Module 6: Investigative Skills

The IGCSE Chemistry course is an ideal preparation for those who wish to go on to study Chemistry at AS and A2 level.


This new Oxford Home Schooling  course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry specification. The Edexcel subject code is 4CH0 IGCSE Chemistry.


There are two written exam papers for IGCSE Chemistry. The first last 2 hours (120 marks) and the second lasts 1 hour (60 marks). Paper 1 is exactly the same as one of the three papers that make up the IGCSE Science specification.


The course is designed to be accessible to students who may have only a limited previous background in science.  There is no requirement to submit coursework or to undertake a lab-based practical exam.

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The Chemistry IGCSE course is accompanied by the following text.

Download and view the Introduction to the Chemistry IGCSE course

Download and view a Sample Lesson to the Chemistry IGCSE course

Download and view a copy of the Edexcel Specification for Chemistry IGCSE