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GCSE
G C S E S P E C I F I C AT I O N




Specification

Chemistry
For exams January 2012 onwards
For certification June 2013 onwards

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GCSE
Specification




Chemistry
4402

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This specification is published on the AQA website (aqa.org.uk). We will let centres know in writing about any
changes to the specification. We will also publish changes on our website. The version on the website is the
definitive version; this may differ from printed versions.




Further copies of this specification…

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GCSE Chemistry for teaching from September 2011 onwards (version 1.0)




Contents
1 Introduction 2
1.1 Why choose AQA? 2
1.2 Why choose GCSE Chemistry? 3
1.3 How do I start using this specification? 4
1.4 How can I find out more? 4
2 Specification at a Glance 5
3 Subject…

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GCSE Chemistry for teaching from September 2011 onwards (version 1.0)
Introduction




1 Introduction
1.1 Why choose AQA?
We, AQA, are the United Kingdom's favourite
awarding body and more students get their
academic qualifications from us than
from any other body. But why are
we so popular?




We understand the different…

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Introduction
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1.2 Why choose GCSE Chemistry?
GCSE Chemistry enables you to provide a Key Stage 4 We've changed:
chemistry course for learners of any ability, whether some of the content following the feedback we've
they intend to study science…

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Introduction




1 With the exception of GCSE Science B, which is a new
development, AQA's science GCSEs have evolved
This includes:

from our current specifications. Some changes have Preparing to Teach meetings
been required by regulations. In our work, we've…

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Specification at a Glance
Specification at a Glance
Unit 1: Chemistry 1
Written paper ­ 1 hour

60 marks ­ 25%

Structured and closed questions
2
At least one question assessing Quality of Written
Communication in a science context.




Unit…

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Subject Content
3.1 Introduction to Subject Content
The subject content of this specification is presented in These activities are intended to enable candidates to
five sections: develop the skills, knowledge and understanding of
How Science Works.
Subject Content




How Science…

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3.2 How Science Works
This section is the content underpinning the science Fundamental ideas
that candidates need to know and understand. Evidence must be approached with a critical eye. It is
Candidates will be tested on How Science Works in…

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