IGCSE Chemistry-0620 


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Course Description

Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry develops a set of transferable skills including handling data, practical problem-solving, and applying the scientific method.

Learners develop relevant attitudes, such as concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative, and inventiveness. 

They acquire the essential scientific skills required for progression to further studies or employment.

Our approach in Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry encourages learners to be:

Aims :

Content Overview

Candidates study the following topics: 

1   States of matter 

2   Atoms, elements, and compounds

3   Stoichiometry

4   Electrochemistry 

5   Chemical energetics

6   Chemical reactions

7   Acids, bases, and salts

8   The Periodic Table 

9   Metals 

10  Chemistry of the environment 

11  Organic chemistry 

12  Experimental techniques and chemical analysis

Assessment Overview

Assessment Objective

The assessment objectives (AOs) are: 

AO1 Knowledge with understanding

 Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: 

• scientific phenomena, facts, laws, definitions, concepts, and theories

 • scientific vocabulary, terminology, and conventions (including symbols, quantities, and units) 

• scientific instruments and apparatus, including techniques of operation and aspects of safety

 • scientific and technological applications with their social, economic, and environmental implications. 

Subject content defines the factual material that candidates may be required to recall and explain. 

Candidates will also be asked questions that require them to apply this material to unfamiliar contexts and to apply knowledge from one area of the syllabus to another. 

AO2 Handling information and problem-solving

 Candidates should be able, in words or using other written forms of presentation (i.e. symbolic, graphical, and numerical), to: 

• locate, select, organize and present information from a variety of sources 

• translate information from one form to another

 • manipulate numerical and other data

 • use the information to identify patterns, report trends, and form conclusions

 • present reasoned explanations for phenomena, patterns, and relationships

• make predictions based on relationships and patterns

• solve problems, including some of a quantitative nature. Questions testing these skills may be based on information that is unfamiliar to candidates, requiring them to apply the principles and concepts from the syllabus to a new situation, in a logical, deductive way. 

AO3 Experimental skills and investigations

 Candidates should be able to:

• demonstrate knowledge of how to select and safely use techniques, apparatus, and materials (including following a sequence of instructions where appropriate) 

• plan experiments and investigations 

• make and record observations, measurements, and estimates 

• interpret and evaluate experimental observations and data

• evaluate methods and suggest possible improvements. 

Weighting for Assessment objectives

Question Papers_ Sample with mark scheme