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I'm using the Khan Academy website to study GCSE Chemistry and Physics by myself and wondered whether that syllabus was very different to the UK one-would I be studying in too much detail? I am not taught very well at school-books are good, but should I just remove the topics I don't know if I need to know for higher-or should I learn it all just in case?
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I'm using the Khan Academy website to study GCSE Chemistry and Physics by myself and wondered whether that syllabus was very different to the UK one-would I be studying in too much detail? I am not taught very well at school-books are good, but should I just remove the topics I don't know if I need to know for higher-or should I learn it all just in case?
They don't do GCSEs in the USA. The GCSE videos on the website are made for UK students.

EDIT: my bad, misunderstood. I think you should just take from the Khan Academy website the things that you are supposed to be studying for your GCSE. You can find the specifications online; there's no need to study all this extra stuff
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They don't do GCSEs in the USA. The GCSE videos on the website are made for UK students.

EDIT: my bad, misunderstood. I think you should just take from the Khan Academy website the things that you are supposed to be studying for your GCSE. You can find the specifications online; there's no need to study all this extra stuff
I think that's a really good idea, just where can I find the specification? I checked the Edexcel website but it goes into ever so minute detail-is that the one?
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I think that's a really good idea, just where can I find the specification? I checked the Edexcel website but it goes into ever so minute detail-is that the one?
Here are the specifications for Edexcel Chemistry and Physics. It might seem overwhelming at first, but if you use the contents and go to the page that says "subject content" - in the Chemistry one it is page 5 and the Physics one it is page 6, you will find everything you need to learn for each topic within the specifications. There's also some useful information about the exams in there, too.
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Here are the specifications for Edexcel Chemistry and Physics. It might seem overwhelming at first, but if you use the contents and go to the page that says "subject content" - in the Chemistry one it is page 5 and the Physics one it is page 6, you will find everything you need to learn for each topic within the specifications. There's also some useful information about the exams in there, too.
Thank you so so much! I've just looked at it and realised that what I am learning is useful, it's just hard finding all the little bits of information! Also, do you know whether the combined syllabus is the same as the individual route one?
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Thank you so so much! I've just looked at it and realised that what I am learning is useful, it's just hard finding all the little bits of information! Also, do you know whether the combined syllabus is the same as the individual route one?
I'm not up to date with the new specification, but if you can find out which qualification you're working towards then you will know. Making assumptions from how science GCSEs worked a few years ago, I think this is how it works, but I could be wrong:
  • For the combined science one, students will learn biology, physics and chemistry (and might do exams for all three), but will only get a GCSE for "Combined Science".
  • For the other option, students will have to study biology, physics and chemistry, do exams for each one and get a grade for each one separately.

Since 2011, Edexcel's Science GCSEs had two routes:
  1. Mixed science (like the combined science in the new specification)
  2. Individual science

You should find out from your school whether you are studying combined science or individual science to clarify I think the individual science route has more content for each subject, although I'm not 100%.
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What we have at my school is that if you do double (combined) science you Just get an overall grade and I think you do about 3 papers whereas in triple science (biology chemistry physics) I think you do 6 paper 2 for each but I couldn't guarantee this but I do know that triple get their individual grades for the individual subjects
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