GCSE Resources

GCSE Chemistry provides some of the foundations for understanding the world around us and its future. Scientific understanding is changing our lives, and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.

The resources on this page link chemistry research and ‘real-world’ chemistry to topics from the GCSE National Curriculum. The resources are free to download, modify and use under a Creative Commons License. Please feel free to contact us to request classroom visits, advice or Skype links to our researchers.

Biopolymers for Cancer

This activity compares two seaweed extracts (polymers called alginate) to see which might be better at absorbing iron. Dietary iron is known to be a risk factor for bowel cancer and research at the University of Birmingham is showing how alginate from seaweed might be able to help.

Curriculum Topics: Working scientifically, polymers, covalent bonding, ions, lifestyle risk factors, medicine development 

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Nanotech for waterproofing and cleaning

Explore a natural nanostructured material and learn how scientists are copying that material to make self-cleaning windows

Curriculum Topics: Working scientifically, nanotechnology

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Distillation of fizzy drinks

Distil common fizzy drinks to learn about fractional distillation of crude oil

Curriculum Topics: Working scientifically, fractional distillation, intramolecular bonding, boiling points 

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For general Chemistry resources and CPD opportunities for teachers, take a look at the RSC Learn Chemistry site.

For resources relating to GCSE teaching from BP, click here.

Beyond GCSE….

If you are interested to see the huge range of jobs that can be found in Chemistry, take ‘Future in Chemistry‘ profiles on the Royal Society of Chemistry website.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to study a Degree in Chemistry? If so, take a look at this useful video showing a day in the life of a chemistry student, at the University of Birmingham.


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