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Cambridge Pre-U Chemistry offers a practical and theoretical approach to the teaching of chemistry, developing learners' ability to solve chemical problems in varied contexts. Written with progression to university chemistry in mind, this course highlights the principles that unify the subject and seeks to examine them through their application to chemical situations.
It equips learners with a coherent base of transferable skills and key knowledge suitable for future study and employment in chemistry and related fields (e.g. medicine, engineering, applied sciences) whilst providing thought-provoking material that may appeal to those who do not wish to pursue a scientific career.
We have made some changes to the wording and layout of the front covers of our question papers to reflect the new Cambridge International branding and to make instructions clearer for candidates.
You will see these changes on live question papers from June 2020 and therefore we have made these changes on the specimen materials for this syllabus. The specimen questions and mark schemes remain the same.
The last examination series for Cambridge Pre-U Chemistry (9791) will be June 2023. There is a resit opportunity in June 2024, there is no option for candidates to resit after this date. We communicated this decision to schools in November 2019.
Cambridge International and OCR (Oxford, Cambridge & RSA) exam boards are both part of the Cambridge Assessment group. Between us, we are able to offer alternative post-16 qualifications in chemistry. This mapping document shows how the areas of study, assessment objectives, and assessment methods map to equivalent alternative qualifications.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
For some subjects, the syllabus states that Grade Descriptions will be made available after first assessment in 2020 or 2021.
Publication of grade descriptions for these syllabuses has been delayed. This is to make sure that grade descriptions reflect examination outcomes appropriately and are based on the full range of candidate performance after the 2020 and 2021 series.
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