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  • Syllabus

    Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry

    Syllabus code 0620

    For examination in June and November 2011

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    exam session. Please note that component and option codes are subject to change.

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  • Contents

    Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry

    Syllabus code 0620

    1. Introduction ..................................................................................... 2 1.1 Why choose Cambridge?

    1.2 Why choose Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry?

    1.3 Cambridge International Certificate of Education (ICE)

    1.4 How can I find out more?

    2. Assessment at a glance .................................................................. 5

    3. Syllabus aims and assessment ....................................................... 6 3.1 Aims

    3.2 Assessment objectives

    3.3 Scheme of assessment

    3.4 Weightings

    3.5 Exam combinations

    3.6 Conventions

    4. Curriculum content ........................................................................ 12

    5. Practical assessment ..................................................................... 28 5.1 Paper 4: Coursework

    5.2 Paper 5: Practical test

    5.3 Paper 6: Alternative to Practical

    6. Appendix ....................................................................................... 36 6.1 Grade descriptions

    6.2 Periodic Table

    6.3 Notes for use in qualitative analysis

    6.4 Safety in the laboratory

    6.5 Glossary of terms

    6.6 Mathematical requirements

    6.7 Resource list

    6.8 Forms

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    Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry 0620. Examination in June and November 2011.

    1. Introduction

    1.1 Why choose Cambridge? University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world’s largest provider of international

    qualifications. Around 1.5 million students from 150 countries enter Cambridge examinations every year.

    What makes educators around the world choose Cambridge?

    Recognition Cambridge IGCSE is internationally recognised by schools, universities and employers as equivalent to UK

    GCSE. Cambridge IGCSE is excellent preparation for A/AS Level, the Advanced International Certificate of

    Education (AICE), US Advanced Placement Programme and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

    Learn more at www.cie.org.uk/recognition.

    Support CIE provides a world-class support service for teachers and exams officers. We offer a wide range of

    teacher materials to Centres, plus teacher training (online and face-to-face) and student support materials.

    Exams officers can trust in reliable, efficient administration of exams entry and excellent, personal support

    from CIE Customer Services. Learn more at www.cie.org.uk/teachers.

    Excellence in education Cambridge qualifications develop successful students. They not only build understanding and knowledge

    required for progression, but also learning and thinking skills that help students become independent

    learners and equip them for life.

    Not-for-profit, part of the University of Cambridge CIE is part of Cambridge Assessment, a not-for-profit organisation and part of the University of Cambridge.

    The needs of teachers and learners are at the core of what we do. CIE invests constantly in improving its

    qualifications and services. We draw upon education research in developing our qualifications.

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    1. Introduction

    1.2 Why choose Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry? Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry is accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential chemistry

    knowledge and ability. As well as a subject focus, the Chemistry syllabus enables students to:

    better understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science

    and scientific developments

    learn about the basic principles of Chemistry through a mix of theoretical and practical studies

    develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study at A Level, skills which are

    useful in everyday life

    learn how science is studied and practised, and become aware that the results of scientific research can

    have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment.

    1.3 Cambridge International Certificate of Education (ICE) Cambridge ICE is the group award of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).

    It requires the study of subjects drawn from the five different IGCSE subject groups. It gives schools the

    opportunity to benefit from offering a broad and balanced curriculum by recognising the achievements of

    students who pass examinations in at least seven subjects, including two languages, and one subject from

    each of the other subject groups.

    The Cambridge portfolio of IGCSE qualifications provides a solid foundation for higher level courses such

    as GCE A and AS Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma as well as excellent preparation for

    employment.

    A wide range of IGCSE subjects is available and these are grouped into five curriculum areas. Chemistry

    falls into Group III, Science.

    Learn more about ICE at www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/middlesec/ice.

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    1. Introduction

    1.4 How can I find out more?

    If you are already a Cambridge Centre You can make entries for this qualification through your usual channels, e.g. CIE Direct. If you have any

    queries, please contact us at [email protected]

    If you are not a Cambridge Centre You can find out how your organisation can become a Cambridge Centre. Email us at

    [email protected] Learn more about the benefits of becoming a Cambridge Centre at www.cie.org.uk.

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    Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry 0620. Examination in June and November 2011.

    2. Assessment at a glance

    Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry

    Syllabus code 0620 Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry candidates are awarded grades ranging from A* to G.

    Candidates expected to achieve grades D, E, F or G, study the Core Curriculum only and are eligible for

    grades C to G.

    Candidates expected to achieve grade C or higher should study the Extended Curriculum, which comprises

    the Core and Supplement Curriculums; these candidates are eligible for all grades from A* to G.

    All candidates must enter for three papers.

    All candidates take:

    Paper 1 45 minutes Multiple choice question paper

    weighted at 30% of total available marks

    and either: or:

    Paper 2 1 hour 15 minutes Core theory paper

    weighted at 50% of total available marks

    Paper 3 1 hour 15 minutes Extended theory paper

    weighted at 50% of total available marks

    and either: or: or:

    Paper 4 Coursework

    weighted at 20% of total

    available marks

    Paper 5 1 hour 15 minutes Practical test

    weighted at 20% of total

    available marks

    Paper 6 1 hour Alternative to Practical paper

    weighted at 20% of total

    available marks

    Alterations in the syllabus assessment, content and practical assessment sections for 2011 are indicated by

    black vertical lines on either side of the text.

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    3. Syllabus aims and assessment

    3.1 Aims The aims of the syllabus listed below describe the educational purposes of this examination. The aims of

    the syllabus are the same for all students and are not listed in order of priority.

    The aims are:

    1. to provide a worthwhile educational experience for all candidates, through well-designed studies of

    experimental and practical science, whether or not they go on to study science beyond this level

    2. to enable candidates to acquire sufficient understanding and knowledge to

    become confident citizens in a technological world, able to take an informed interest in scientific

    matters

    recognise both the usefulness and the limitations of scientific method, and appreciate its applicability

    in other disciplines and in everyday life

    be suitably prepared for studies beyond IGCSE in pure sciences, in applied sciences or in science-

    dependent vocational courses

    3. to develop abilities and skills that

    are relevant to the study and practice of Chemistry

    are useful in everyday life

    encourage efficient and safe practice

    encourage effective communication

    4. to develop attitudes relevant to Chemistry such as

    concern for accuracy and precision

    objectivity

    integrity