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Edexcel GCE in Chemistry e-Spec
Everything you need
The e-Spec provides a range of useful resources including:
A Senior Examiner explaining the changes to the new specification
A customisable student guide to help recruit students
A course planner to make it easy to plan delivery
Links to sample assessment materials so you can see what is expected
Information on the products and services provided by Edexcel to support the specification.…read more

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About this specification
The Edexcel Advanced Subsidiary/Advanced Level GCE in Chemistry is designed for use in school and colleges
and it is part of a suite of GCE qualifications offered by Edexcel.
Key features of the specification
A practical specification
Studying the GCE in Chemistry should be a practical experience for students. This specification contains
practical activities embedded within each unit, to reflect the nature of chemistry.…read more

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Contents
A Specification at a glance 4
B Specification overview 11
Summary of assessment requirements 11
Assessment objectives and weightings 14
Relationship of assessment objectives to units 15
Qualification summary 15
C Chemistry unit content 19
Course structure 20
Unit 1 The Core Principles of Chemistry 21
Unit 2 Application of Core Principles of Chemistry 33
Unit 3 Chemistry Laboratory Skills I 47
Unit 4 General Principles of Chemistry I ­ Rates, Equilibria and Further Organic
Chemistry 51
Unit 5 General Principles of Chemistry II…read more

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Contents
E Resources, support and training 91
Resources to support the specification 91
Edexcel's own published resources 91
Edexcel publications 91
Additional resources endorsed by Edexcel 92
Support 93
Training 94
F Appendices 95
Appendix 1 Performance descriptions 97
Appendix 2 Key skills mapping 103
Appendix 3 Key skills development 105
Appendix 4 Wider curriculum 117
Appendix 5 Codes 119
Appendix 6 How Science Works ­ mapping and expansion on specification content 121
Appendix 7 Mathematical requirements mapping 133
Appendix 8 The periodic table of…read more

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A Specification at a glance
AS Unit 1: The Core Principles of Chemistry *Unit code 6CH01
Externally assessed 40% 20% of
of the the total
Availability: January and June
total AS GCE
First assessment: January 2009 marks marks
Content summary:
This unit provides opportunities for students to develop the basic chemical skills of
formulae writing, equation writing and calculating chemical quantities. The study of
energetics in chemistry is of theoretical and practical importance. In this unit students
learn to define, measure and calculate enthalpy changes.…read more

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Specification at a glance A
AS Unit 2: Application of Core Principles of Chemistry *Unit code 6CH02
Externally assessed 40% 20% of
of the the total
Availability: January and June
total AS GCE
First assessment: January 2009 marks marks
Content summary:
This unit develops the treatment of chemical bonding by introducing intermediate
types of bonding and by exploring the nature and effects of intermolecular forces.
Study of the periodic table is extended to cover the chemistry of groups 2 and 7.…read more

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A Specification at a glance
AS Unit 3: Chemistry Laboratory Skills I *Unit code 6CH03
Internally assessed 20% 10% of
of the the total
Availability: June
total AS GCE
First assessment: June 2009 marks marks
Content summary:
This unit contains practical assessments that cover the content of Units 1 and 2.
There is no specific content for this unit. The practical assessments cover the areas of
physical, organic and inorganic chemistry.…read more

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Specification at a glance A
Unit 4: General Principles of Chemistry I ­ Rates, *Unit code 6CH04
A2
Equilibria and Further Organic Chemistry
Externally assessed 40% 20% of
of the the total
Availability: January and June
total A2 GCE
First assessment: January 2010 marks marks
Content summary:
In this unit students make a quantitative study of chemical kinetics and take further
their study of organic reaction mechanisms.…read more

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A Specification at a glance
Unit 5: General Principles of Chemistry II ­ Transition *Unit code 6CH05
A2
Metals and Organic Nitrogen Chemistry
Externally assessed 40% 20% of
of the the total
Availability: January and June
total A2 GCE
First assessment: January 2010 marks marks
Content summary:
In this unit the study of electrode potentials builds on the study of redox in Unit 2,
including the concept of oxidation number and the use of redox half equations.…read more

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