GCSE chemistry AQA C1

Learn GCSE Chemistry and prepare for the C1 exam
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Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

If you are worried about your progress, can't remember the key ideas and don't understand the work in class then this course is for you. It is a comprehensive study and revision guide to the AQA GCSE Chemistry C1 course.

You Can Learn and Master Chemistry to Ensure Your Success in the GCSE Exam.

  • Review the complete content of the GCSE AQA C1 Core Chemistry course.
  • Practise exam questions to gain competence and confidence.
  • Test knowledge and understanding using the quizzes that follow each lecture.
  • Prepare with confidence for the final GCSE exam.

I've written this course to help students I teach prepare for the GCSE exam and I'd now like any student to benefit from it.

This course covers the following topics in the AQA C1 specification; 1. Fundamental Ideas, 2. Rocks, 3. Metals, 4. Crude oil and fuels, 5 Substances from crude oil, 6. Plant oils and 7. The Earth.

By following the lectures you will complete the entire AQA C1 syllabus and will be ready to sit the exam.

I've used my experience as an Educational Consultant, a Senior Leader, a Head of Department and an Exam Marker to ensure you get a high quality, course that will maximise your Grade.

At your fingertips you will have a wide range of tips, tricks and strategies that will lower your stress levels and make your learning fun.

How to use this course.

I have recorded over 30 lectures that explain the material of the Chemistry specification. Each teaching lecture is followed by a short quiz that you can use to check your understanding. I've also included practice questions you can download and I show how to work through them in video lectures. You'll see how to approach the questions and gain full marks when doing them.

Each lecture has clear objectives (using words like, name, describe, explain) to help you know what you are trying to learn. I've used ideas from Bloom's Taxonomy, Solo Learning, Assessment for Learning and Visible Learning to develop these. At the end of each lecture you will see that content of the specification. This is really important as any exam question you will meet will have to be based on this. The lectures are short but are crammed with information. Watch them as many times as you like and pause them when you need. You can easily watch them whilst you are waiting for a bus or train, or even during commercial breaks in your favourite TV programme! I've designed them so you can even use a smartphone or small tablet to view them. Happy Learning!

What are the requirements?

  • You should have covered the KS3 Science syllabus and have a working understanding of it.
  • You will find it really useful alongside your normal notebooks and textbooks.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Review the complete content of the GCSE AQA C1 Core Chemistry course.
  • Practise exam questions to gain competence and confidence.
  • Test knowledge and understanding using the quizzes that follow each lecture.
  • Prepare with confidence for the final GCSE exam.

What is the target audience?

  • If you are preparing for the AQA GCSE core Chemistry exam you will find this course really useful.
  • If you've missed, or don't understand, some of the work you can use this course to fix any gaps in your knowledge and understanding.
  • This course specifically matches the AQA GCSE Science curriculum. It does not go into the detail of an A-level or undergraduate degree. However it provides a good base to move on to such courses.

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Introduction to the course
Preview
02:09
Section 1: Fundamental ideas
03:24

In this lesson you will learn to:

Define the term element.

Describe the periodic table and the elements.

Explain how atoms make up elements.

Explain how atoms are made up of different parts (protons, neutrons and electrons).

Define the terms atomic number and mass number.

9 questions

Test yourself on section C1.1.1 Atoms

04:14

In this Lecture you will learn to:

Define the term group in the periodic table giving examples.

Explain how the number of electrons determines the group and chemical properties.

Describe the group of noble gases.

Explain how noble gases are unreactive because of stable arrangements of electrons.

The periodic table
6 questions
04:17

In this lecture you will learn to:

Describe how elements form compounds.

Explain that taking or sharing electrons forms ions or molecules.

State that metals and non-metals form ionic compounds.

State that non-metals and non-metals form covalent molecules.

Write word or symbol equations.

Describe how mass is conserved in a chemical reaction.

8 questions

Test your knowledge and understanding with what you have learnt about reactions.

01:00

Watch the video to see the way I work through this exam question.

You can download the whole exam paper and mark scheme from the AQA website for free. Just search for AQA GCSE core Science and choose chemistry.

You can also download the papers from the supplementary materials.

I suggest you try the question before watching the answer, either print out the exam paper and write on it or look at it on screen but write down the answers on a piece of paper.

The remainder of the questions will be covered at the end of the relevant section.

Section 2: Rocks
02:13

In this video you will learn to:

Describe the test for carbon dioxide.

Explain how carbonates are thermally decomposed to give oxides and carbon dioxide.

Write the equation for carbonates and acid.

7 questions

Test you knowledge and understanding of what you have learnt about carbonates.

05:37

In this video you will learn to:

Describe how limestone is quarried and used.

Describe how cement is made and used.

Describe how lime is 'slaked'.

Explain the stages of the limestone cycle


10 questions

Test your knowledge and understanding of limestone.

01:37

Watch how I do an exam question.

You can download the exam paper from the extra resources in lecture 5.

Section 3: Metals
03:18

In this lecture you will learn to:


State that unreactive metals are found as metals but reactive ones as compounds.

Describe what an ore is and explain if it is worth extracting.

Describe how ores are mined and processed to extract the metal.

Explain how carbon can be used to reduce metal oxides.

Explain how metals more reactive than carbon are extracted by electrolysis.

8 questions

Check your knowledge and understanding of the extraction of metals with this quiz.

04:12

In this video you will learn to:

Describe how copper is smelted.

Explain how it is purified by electrolysis.

Describe how copper can be extracted using phytomining, bioleaching and displacement.

Explain why recycling is necessary Describing both advantages and disadvantages in terms of energy and effects on the environment.


9 questions

Test your knowledge on how copper is extracted with this quiz.

02:06

Here is a question on the extraction of copper.

The paper can be downloaded from the resources section in lecture 4.

02:04

In this lecture you will learn to:

Describe the properties and uses of aluminium and titanium.

Explain why they cannot be extracted by reduction with carbon.

Explain how aluminium and titanium are extracted.



8 questions

Test you knowledge and understanding of aluminium and titanium extraction.

03:39

In this lesson you will learn to:

Describe the effect of impurities on iron.

Explain how different steels are made from iron.

List and describe different steel alloys.

Explain how alloys can be designed to have specific properties.

Explain how pure metals are too soft and are made into alloys.

7 questions

Test your learning with this quiz.

02:30

In this lesson you will learn to:

Describe the position of the transition metals.

List the properties of the transition metals.

Describe the uses of the transition metals.

Explain why copper is used in wiring and plumbing.

Describe the properties and uses of aluminium and gold.

7 questions

Check you learning of the transition metals.

Section 4: Crude oil and fuels
03:56

In this lesson you will learn to:

Define the terms hydrocarbon and alkanes.

Explain that crude oil is a mixture of a very large number of compounds.

Describe the properties of mixtures.

Explain how crude oil can be separated by distillation.


8 questions

Test your understanding of what you have learnt about crude oil.

03:05

In this lecture you will learn to:

Explain how fractional distillation is carried out.

Explain how a single fraction will contain molecules of similar size.

Explain how the different fractions contain different sized molecules.

Describe how different length hydrocarbons have different properties and uses.


8 questions

Test your knowledge with this quiz.

03:10

This is a long question requiring an 'extended writing' answer about fractional distillation.

The exam paper can be found in the resources section of Lecture 4.

03:59

In this lecture you will learn to:

List the gases and material produced by burning fuels.

Describe burning as an oxidation reaction that releases energy.

Describe the effects of combustion pollutants.

State that fossil fuels contain sulphur.

Explain how sulphur (and its oxide) can be removed.

8 questions

Check your understanding on burning fuels.

02:01

In this lecture you will learn to:

Name some sources of biofuel.

Describe what biofuels are.

Explain how biofuels are produced

Compare the issues related to burning biofuels.

8 questions

Check your understanding of biofuels with this quiz.

Section 5: Substances from crude oil
03:15

In this lesson you will learn to:

Describe how hydrocarbon molecules can be 'cracked'.

List the products of cracking.

State that some products are useful.

Recall the general formula for alkenes.

Describe a test for alkenes.

Explain how alkene double bonds form.

8 questions

Test your learning of cracking.

03:58

In this lesson you will learn to:

List some uses of polymers.

Explain how polymers are made from monomers such as alkenes.

Explain how using polymers causes environmental problems.

Explain how biodegradable polymers can be made.

8 questions

Test you understanding of polymers with this quiz.

02:13

In this video you will learn to:

Explain how ethanol can be produced by hydration or by fermentation.

Write the word equation for fermentation.

8 questions

Test your understanding of what you have learnt about ethanol.

01:44

This question tests ideas from section 4 and 5.

The resources are available in lecture 4.

02:09

This exam question is about both polymers (section 5) and metals (section 3).

The paper is downloadable from the lecture 4 resources area.

Section 6: Plant oils
01:34

In this lesson you will learn to:

State that fruits, seeds and nuts are rich in oils.

Explain how these oils can be extracted or purified.

Explain how vegetable oils are important foods and fuels.

Explain why vegetable oils are used in cooking and why this can be a problem.

7 questions

Test your learning of vegetable oils.

01:57

In this lesson you will learn to:

State that oils do not dissolve in water.

Describe what an emulsion is.

Explain why emulsions are useful.

Explain how emulsifiers are needed to form stable emulsions.

8 questions

Check your learning on emulsions.

01:46

In this lesson you will learn to:

Describe the test for unsaturated oils.

Explain why we like cooking in oil.

Explain how saturation (hardening) can be carried out.

Explain why saturation is useful in food production.

8 questions

test your knowledge and understanding of types of oils.

03:01

Watch how I complete a question on plant oils.

The exam paper and mark scheme are available in the lecture 4 resources section.

Section 7: The Earth
02:51

In this lecture you will learn to:

Describe the structure of the Earth.

Explain what tectonic plates are.

Explain how convection currents are caused and how they move the plates.

Describe Wegener's theory and explain why other scientists did not believe it.

Explain how and why earthquakes and volcanoes are produced.

8 questions

Test your knowledge of the structure of the Earth.

01:05

Here is a video on a question on the structure of the Earth.

The exam paper is downloadable from the resources section in lecture 4.

03:39

In this lesson you will learn to:

Describe the content of the atmosphere.

State that the proportions of gases have been the same for 200 million years.

Explain how the early atmosphere (the first billion years) depended on volcanic activity.

Recognise that there are several theories about the atmosphere.

Explain how one theory includes mainly carbon dioxide, little or no oxygen water vapour, methane and ammonia.

8 questions

Test your learning of the atmosphere.

02:30

In this lecture you will learn to:

List the different gases in the atmosphere.

Describe their boiling points.

Explain how the different gases in air are a mixture and can be separated.

8 questions

Check you understanding of separation of gases from the Earth's atmosphere.

02:36

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State that there are many theories as to how life was formed.

Describe one theory involving hydrocarbons, ammonia and lightning.

Explain how oxygen was produced and carbon dioxide locked up.

State that burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide.

Explain the effect of carbon dioxide on the atmosphere and the oceans.

8 questions

Test you knowledge of the origin of life.

Section 8: Coursework ISA/CAU preparation
Introduction to controlled assessment
01:12
Paper 1
Preview
08:22
Paper 2
08:11

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Instructor Biography

Norbert de Mello, Education Consultant BSc PhD PGCE

I am passionate about learning and know that education is emancipatory - it improves people's life chances and leads to fulfilment - learning is intrinsically rewarding.

I have been a Head of Department in three schools, a Senior Strategic Leader and a Teaching and Learning Consultant for a local authority.

My lessons are graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and school leaders. One of my lessons was listed as an exemplar for the school Ofsted report and is available online - Challenge College, 2003. In pupil surveys my lessons are rated excellent.

In a survey five pupils in my class were asked how the department could improve. Two of them said that other teachers should watch me teaching.

  • I have worked successfully with groups that were targeted to gain important grades in over twenty schools in a local authority.
  • I have an excellent understanding of how pupils learn effectively and I have a range of strategies and resources I can use.
  • My work develops long term thinking and learning skills.
  • I have marked KS3 SAT exams (1998-2001), GCSE Science exams (2002) and A-level Physics exams (2006 – present). This experience is extremely valuable in preparing students for exams.

I am currently working in a school in Yorkshire and am developing online resources for independent learners.

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