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Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry helps learners to understand the technological world in which they live and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. The syllabus includes the basic principles and concepts that are fundamental to the subject, some current applications of chemistry, and a strong emphasis on practical skills.
Learners also develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for progression to Cambridge International AS & A Level, further education or a career related to science.
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Find out more about Resource Plus, a collection of additional teaching and learning resources which have recently been launched to support the delivery of key topics and skills in Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry.
From 2020 examination this syllabus will no longer be regulated by the qualifications and examinations regulators in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Changes to the syllabus and specimen papers reflect the change in regulated status. This syllabus will continue to be available worldwide.
Please note that if you make an entry for the A*-G grading scale, it is not then possible to switch to the 9-1 grading scale once the entries deadline has passed. If you find that you have accidentally made an entry for the A*-G syllabus, you must withdraw and re-enter before the entries deadline.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
We provide a wide range of support so that teachers can give their learners the best possible preparation for Cambridge programmes and qualifications. For teachers at registered Cambridge schools, support materials for specific syllabuses are available from the School Support Hub (username and password required).
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We revise our qualifications regularly to make sure that they continue to meet the needs of learners, schools and higher education institutions around the world and reflect current thinking. We have updated this syllabus and all assessment materials so they are clearer and more consistent across the three sciences. This is helpful for teachers who are teaching more than one science syllabus, and students who will enjoy a more coherent experience across each science. Please see the 2023-2025 syllabus document for full details on the changes.
The updated syllabus is for examination from June 2023 onwards. Examinations are available in March 2023 for India only. Please see the 2023-2025 syllabus for full details.
We are developing a comprehensive range of materials to help you teach the updated syllabus. These resources will be available from June 2021 onwards (before first teaching) through our School Support Hub and include:
Face-to-face and online training will be available. For up-to-date information, visit our Events and training calendar.
Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry (Fourth edition) (Hodder Education)
Written by renowned expert authors, our updated resources enable the learner to effectively navigate through the content of the updated Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry syllabus.
Read more on the Hodder Education website
Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry (Third edition) (Collins)
This course provides complete coverage of the updated Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry syllabus and is packed full of questions, in-depth content, practical investigative skills features and more.
Read more on the Collins website
Marshall Cavendish Education Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry (Marshall Cavendish Education)
This series consists of print and digital learning materials that promote active learning through an inquiry-based approach. It provides many opportunities to extend learning and explore concepts through its activities and relatable real-life applications.
Read more on the Marshall Cavendish Education website
Chemistry for Cambridge IGCSE (Fifth edition)
(Cambridge University Press)
Through extensive research, including lesson observations, teacher interviews and work with our online research community, these new editions of our chemistry resources have been designed to meet the specific challenges of science teachers and learners.
Read more on the Cambridge University Press website