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Cambridge Online Education



Receive the same International GCSE CHEMISTRY qualification certificate from Cambridge Exam Board as from any other conventional school but study for it from HOME. Accepted in almost all colleges and universities!

At Cambridge Online Education you will learn CHEMISTRY from accessing LIVE online lessons taught by a PhD / PGCE qualified experienced teacher. The teacher will guide you through the Cambridge endorsed textbook step by step in a friendly and accessible manner. Having a teacher explain the textbook is undoubtedly an advantage over other home study courses where students are expected to make sense of often difficult material on their own. 


At Cambridge Home School Online you will be taught Chemistry International GCSE from a highly qualified and experienced teacher. You will be invited to join her class of 8 students in her interactive online classroom.  Visit school website for more information ...

The Teacher

Dr. Beyer Cambridge Online Education A Level Biology Courses

My name is Dr. Hannah Beyer. I am Head of Sciences at Cambridge Online Education. I am a qualified secondary school teacher (PGCE) with a PhD in Chemical Biology. I have worked in academia and in pharmaceutical research as a (bio)chemist and as a medical scientist before training as a teacher. I have many years of teaching experience in Science (Chemistry, Biology and Physics), maths and English as a foreign language.

I have written some educational materials for various companies such as science revision questions, maths assessment papers and physics summaries. I am a member of the Tutors` Association.  


The teacher's LIVE lessons, lesson recordings in this course, the Cambridge textbook and Learner Guide specifically prepare students for success in the following 3 assessment papers:

  • Paper 2:   Multiple choice paper. 45 minutes (30% of total available marks),
  • Paper 4:   Extended theory paper. 1 hour and 15 minutes (50%),
  • Paper 6:   Alternative to Practical paper which will test your familiarity with practical procedures which you will learn during the course. 1 hour (20%).

This course will fully prepare students for the Extended paper which will enable them to achieve any grade up to and including A*.

Science is usually taught as a hands-on practical subject.

Students will be encouraged to think scientifically in an everyday context, making them aware of the science around them and how it can help in solving practical problems. 

The number of practical experiments will be relatively restricted owing to the nature of the course (online versus conventional), but we will try to include as many practical demonstrations as possible in recorded lessons using safe household materials. Homestudy students are not advised to perform practical experiments unsupervised. Students under 18 years old MUST be supervised by a responsible adult. While practical experimentation will undoubtedly enhance a student's experience, knowledge and understanding of the subject it is not necessary to the final I GCSE grade to perform practical experiments at home. Students have the option of sitting either a practical test (Paper 5) or an alternative to practical test - written paper (Paper 6). You should make very clear which of these tests you wish to take when confirming your examination place at your chosen examination centre.

A list of examination centres is available from your teacher. Students should book their examinations as early as possible to ensure they have a place. Students should discuss with their chosen examination centre exactly what will be required, particularly with regard to practical tests. Being prepared and knowing exactly what to expect is key to success in examinations so obtain as much detailed information as possible and relay it to your tutor so that they can properly prepare you.

Course Content

The course will follow the current Cambridge International Exam (CIE) IGCSE 0620 specifications.

The course will be based on the textbooks recommended for the CIE IGCSEs.

Topics Covered

C1. The particulate nature of matter

C2. Experimental techniques

2.1 Methods of separation and purification

C3. Atoms, elements and compounds

3.1 Physical and chemical changes

3.2 Elements, compounds and mixtures

3.3 Atomic structure and the Periodic Table

3.4 Ions and ionic bonds

3.5 Molecules and covalent bonds

3.6 Giant structures

C4. Stoichiometry

4.1 The mole concept

C5. Electricity and chemistry

C6. Energy changes in chemical reactions

6.1 Energetics of a reaction

C7. Chemical reactions

7.1 Speed of reaction

7.2 Redox

C8. Acids, bases and salts

8.1 The characteristic properties of acids and bases

8.2 Types of oxides

8.3 Preparation of salts

8.4 Identification of ions and gases

C9. The Periodic Table

9.1 Periodic trends

9.2 Group properties

9.3 Transition elements

9.4 Noble gases 

C10. Metals

10.1 Properties of metals

10.2 Reactivity series

10.3 Extraction of metals

10.4 Uses of metals 

C11. Air and water 

C12. Sulfur

C13. Carbonates

C14. Organic chemistry

14.1 Fuels

14.2 Introduction to organic compounds

14.3 Hydrocarbons

14.4 Alcohols

14.5 Macromolecules

14.6 Synthetic polymers

14.7 Natural macromolecules

3. Booklist and stationary (Recommended but not necessary)

- Cambridge IGCSE® Chemistry Coursebook with CD-ROM (Cambridge International Examinations) Paperback – 31 Jul 2014 by Richard Harwood (Author), Ian Lodge (Author); ISBN 978-1-107-61503-8 (included in this course)

- Access to a printer, pencil, ruler, rubber, pen, a notebook

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