Soham Village College

Science - GCSE Double Chemistry

Year 10 & 11 – AQA GCSE Combined Science: Double 8464

GCSE SPECIFICATION: This course is available to both Higher & Foundation tier and is broken down into the three key science disciplines; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

   Year 10 Year 11

This is a new GCSE course so the order at which content is covered may be subject to change whilst the course is developed.


Students will be given a variety of assessments each term to track their progress in literacy (RLITs), practical skills (RPs), application of knowledge through context questions (RCQs) and subject knowledge (EUTs). In addition they will be given a Mid-year exam (MYE) that covers the content of the year 9 course and the Autumn term units in year 10. The MYE assesses skills as well as subject knowledge and application.

  In June students will be given an exam that assesses skills, subject knowledge and application of content covered in year 9 as well as year 10. In November and March students will be given a Mock exam that assesses skills, subject knowledge and application of content covered in years 9 & 10 as well as year 11. The first Mock exam is used to inform predicted grades for the summer.




10.1 Atomic Structure
Students will study the basic structure of the atom and isotopes as well as the history of the development of the Bohr atom.
End of Unit test (unit 10.1) - optional
RLiT; The history of the development of the nuclear atom
11.8 Structure & bonding
Students will study ionic, covalent & metallic bonding & relate the structure & bonding of compounds to their properties.

Y11 November Mock exam Paper 1 – including units from year 10
End of Unit test (unit 11.8) - optional
; Explaining ionic & covalent bonding
10.2 The Periodic Table
Students will gain a basic understanding of the Periodic Table and study two key groups; the alkali metals & halogens. They will study the historical events that led to the development of the modern day periodic table including the contributions made by Dalton, Newlands, Mendeleev & Mosley.
End of Unit test (unit 10.1 & 10.2)
RLiT; The history of the development of the Periodic Table
11.9 Rate of Reaction
Students will learn about collision theory and investigate ways to increase the rate of a chemical reaction.
End of Unit test(unit 11.9) - optional
RP; Rates of reaction
10.3 Ionic and metallic bonding
Students will study ionic and metallic bonding and relate the structure and bonding of metals and ionic compounds to their properties.
End of Unit test (unit 10.3) - optional
; Explaining ionic bonding and the properties of ionic compounds
11.10  Crude oil & Organic Chemistry
Students will study hydrocarbons and oil refining including the key processes of fractional distillation, and cracking.
End of Unit test (unit 11.10) - optional
Explaining fractional distillation
RLiT; Cracking alkanes.
Spring    Mid Year Exam – including units from Year 9

10.4 Acids & Bases
Students will gain a basic understanding of neutralisation & the pH scale. They will investigate different approaches to making salts. Higher tier students will study strong & weak acids.

End of Unit test
(unit 10.4) - optional
RP; Making salts
Y11 March  Mock exam Paper 2 – including units from year 9 & year 10

11.11 Electrolysis & Chemical equilibrium
Students will be introduced to electrolysis and apply this to the extraction of aluminium from its ore and the production of hydrogen, chlorine and sodium hydroxide from brine. Higher tier students will study the extraction copper from high & low grade copper ores using electrolysis and bioleaching respectively. Students will study the effects of changing the conditions of reversible reaction on the percentage yield and equilibrium position.

End of Unit Test
(unit 11.11) - optional
10.5 Quantitative Chemistry
Students will be taught how to calculate concentration and mass of solute. Higher tier students will be introduced to the mole & apply this to calculations involving reacting masses.
End of Unit test (unit 10. 4 & 10.5) Revision and exam practice
Summer    10.6 Metals & Alloys
Students will learn about the reactivity series & use this to develop an understanding of the different methods of extracting metals from ores. They will evaluate the methods of reducing the use & waste of metal ores in short supply. They will also evaluate the composition & use of different alloys.
End of Unit test(unit 10.6) - optional
RCQ; Extracting metals
End of Year Exam – including units from Year 9
10.7 Energy Changes
Students will study energy transfers during changes of state. They will be introduced to exothermic and endothermic reactions and their applications. Higher tier students will calculate the energy released or absorbed during reactions.
End of Unit test (unit 10.7) - optional
RP; Energy changes
RCQ; Bond energy calculations