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GCSE Chemistry Higher Tier Course – AQA

Online GCSE Chemistry Higher Tier Course. 

This GCSE course in Chemistry is aimed at learners looking to achieve grades 4-9. 

You can enrol 365 days a year on this course, providing learners with true flexibility.

Study as slowly or as quickly as you wish, plan your own exams and practicals to suit.

If you need to gain your GCSE Chemistry sooner rather than later, then this course may provide the perfect solution. 

Qualification: GCSE Chemistry Higher Tier
Support: 1-year support included - Email your tutor or call our support team
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year 
AQA Specification: 8462
Exams: Book your own exams
Price: Interest-Free Finance
Type of Study: Study online or receive a paper copy 

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Course Details

Course Syllabus

Learners will cover 10 topics as below:

Atomic Structure & the periodic table
Bonding, structure and properties of matter
Quantitative chemistry
Chemical changes
Energy changes
The rate & extend of chemical change
Organic chemistry
Chemical analysis
Chemistry of the atmosphere
Using resources

Please note: This course is aimed at students looking to achieve grade 4-9.

Students aiming for Grade 1-5 should take the GCSE Biology Foundation Tier Course.

Entry Requirements

There are no previous qualifications required to register for this course.


Course Duration

This GCSE Course comes with 12 months of support included:

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 200 Hours
Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 270 Hours

Tutors & Support

All learners have access to a qualified tutor via email for the stated support period. In addition to this you are able to speak to our support team via telephone with any query you may have relating your course.

Our tutors and support team have years of experience in delivering online and distance learning courses. If you require help, then we are only a phone call away.


To achieve a GCSE Higher Tier in Chemistry you will be assessed across the sections displayed . All sections will be assessed by 2 paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

Paper 1

  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Weighting: 50% of GCSE
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Question type: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response
  • Assessed: Topics 1-5

Paper 2

  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Weighting: 50% of GCSE
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Question type: Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response
  • Assessed: Topics 6–10

In addtion, there are 10 practical assessments required to complete this GCSE.

Additional Examination Fees

As a private candidate, it is the students responsibility to arrange their own examinations and practical assessment if required. This is not part of the service offered by UK Open College. 

This should be done prior to enrolment with us. It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary arrangements in place & confirmed.

Fees for these services can vary hugely from centre to centre. It may be worth travelling out of area. (It’s worth it)
You can view a list of official AQA approved examination centres here 

The later you leave it to arrange, the more expensive it can be. At times, it can be impossible to arrange so plan ahead. (6 months minimum recommended)

Your contract with us is for the course and support only. We will not refund you outside of the 14 day cooling off period if you have not confirmed these arrangements with your selected centre.

Enquire & confirm with your chosen centre, do not leave it to chance!

Payments plans - Guaranteed acceptance*

Select whether to pay in full upon enrolment or opt to pay a deposit and spread the cost with our Interest free payment plan.  *Guaranteed acceptance for those who meet the following conditions: 

Example: Based on a Max finance agreement of £600

Aged 21 and above (Maximum age 75)
Minimum income of £7,200 PA (£600.00 PCM) 
Permanent resident in the UK for a min of 3 years
Be able to provide 3 years of address history from the UK
Have a UK bank account that accepts direct debits
Hold a valid UK credit or debit card
You are not bankrupt or in an IVA. 

Under 21 – We will require a willing parent, guardian or family member to take out the finance for your studies on your behalf. 

Please note: We do not carry out credit checks if you meet the above criteria. You may be asked for evidence of income. 

Alternative payment plans may be available for those that do not meet these conditons. Please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to assist on 0121 792 3872. 

Applicants choosing the monthly option will be required to complete and sign a financial agreement for the remaining payments.  All payments to be set up via direct debit.  We are only able to set up monthly payments for students resident in the UK. 

Please note: Once a payment plan is set up, you are liable to pay the course fees in full whether you complete the course or not.  Please ensure the monthly repayments are affordable before agreeing to any payment plan offered. 

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Once received at your requested delivery address, you have 14 days to ensure this course meets your needs and requirements. If for any reason you are not happy, simply email our accounts department with your request cancel on accounts@ukopencollege.co.uk. 

Please note: Any request to cancel outside the 14 days cancellation period will be declined. 

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