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Summary of course content

This course will guide you through the basic principles and concepts fundamental to the subject and some of its current applications. During this course, you will acquire scientific knowledge and an understanding of theories. You will have the chance to enjoy science in a diverse way, so prepare your questions because we have experiments to learn from.

This course aims to enable students to:

  • acquire scientific knowledge and understanding of scientific theories and practice
  • develop a range of experimental skills, including handling variables and working safely
  • use scientific data and evidence to solve problems and discuss the limitations of scientific methods
  • communicate effectively and clearly, using scientific terminology, notation and conventions
  • understand that the application of scientific knowledge can benefit people and the environment
  • enjoy science and develop an informed interest in scientific matters which support further study.

Areas of Study

Candidates study the following topics:

  1. The particulate nature of matter
  2. Experimental techniques
  3. Atoms, elements and compounds
  4. Stoichiometry
  5. Electricity and chemistry
  6. Chemical energetics
  7. Chemical reactions
  8. Acids, bases and salts
  9. The Periodic Table
  10. Metals
  11. Air and water
  12. Sulfur
  13. Carbonates
  14. Organic chemistry

How the course is assessed

You will be assessed at the end of the course using three components:

Paper 1 or Paper 2 (Multiple choice)


Paper 3 or Paper 4 (Written paper, Theory)


And either Paper 5 (Practical Test) or Paper 6 (Alternative to Practical).

Guided Learning Hours

We design Cambridge IGCSE syllabuses based on learners having about 130 guided learning hours for each subject during the course but this is for guidance only. The number of hours a learner needs to achieve the qualification may vary according to local practice and their previous experience of the subject.


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Required textbook

Complete Chemistry for Cambridge IGCSE, Publisher: Oxford University Press, RoseMarie Gallagher, Paul Ingram, ISBN 9780198366720. You can find the textbook here.

Course code: 0620