Small Group Chemistry Home Ed Classes
KS3, IGCSE & (I)A Level
"Kate is without doubt the best Science teacher / tutor I have come across... Kate combines subject mastery with teaching brilliance. She is a rare find."
Currently taking bookings for the following courses, all starting September 2022
A Level Chemistry, 2-year course (aiming at exams in summer 2024)
Extended 1-year IGCSE Chemistry course (aiming at exams in November 2023)
2-year IGCSE Chemistry courses (aiming at exams in summer 2024)
Extended 2-year IGCSE Chemistry course (aiming at exams in November 2024) perfect for slightly younger students
1-year KS3 Chemistry
I set up CanDoChem when I left the classroom three years ago. My first IGCSE group classes for home educated students began in September 2020. In September 2021 I added KS3 group classes and video courses at both KS3 and IGCSE. Currently, I have 40 students in my live classes and another 20 following video courses. My first cohort of 1-year IGCSE students achieved 100% Grade 9 in summer 2021. It is worth mentioning though, that I certainly do not expect all my students to achieve a Grade 9, but I do work hard to stretch all my students with the aim of ensuring everyone achieves the best possible outcome for them.
Classes on offer
Edexcel A Level / IA Level Live Classes - 2 x 1 hour class per week - new addition, more info coming soon!
Edexcel IGCSE 1-year Flipped Learning Course - 2 x 1 hour video lessons & 1 hour live masterclass per week
Edexcel IGCSE 2-year Live Class - 1 hour class per week.
Edexcel IGCSE 2-year Flipped Learning Course - 1 hour video lesson per week, 1 hour live masterclass fortnightly
One-year KS3 Chemistry - one hour class per week.
Video Course option available rather than live classes, but with very similar resources. Find out more here.
All courses come with workbook style notes to accompany each lesson, self-marked consolidation work and access to stand alone video classes for catch up purposes. IGCSE courses include topic tests and mock exams.
For more information and access to booking forms please download my course guide here
Please contact me directly to discuss A Level / IA Level Chemistry as not yet featured in the course guide!
You are responsible for making your own exam entries, although I am very happy to provide support with any advice. I am also able to contribute evidence of ways of working, to support applications for access arrangements.
At A Level, my classes prepare students for Pearson Edexcel Advanced GCE in Chemistry (9CH0) or Pearson Edexcel International Advanced Level (YCH11). Both specifications can be taken in the UK, although the only exam centres currently offering the IA Level are those run by Tutors and Exams. Students intending to take their exams outside the UK will usually need to take the IA Level. Students taking A Level Chemistry will need to pass their CPACs through an organisation recognised by their exam centre. This means they will achieve the practical endorsement on their A Level certificate, which is generally required for university admissions. The CPAC courses currently cost £940 per Science subject through Tutors and Exams. (Please note they are also available through other organisations.) A Level exams are sat in June and students have to take 3 papers. Students taking IA Level require knowledge of the practicals, but do not have to pass the CPACs. The IA Level consists of 6 modular exams that can be taken in January or June.
At IGCSE, my classes prepare students for Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in Chemistry (4CH1). This can be sat in November or May / June. Students have to take two exams - Chemistry Paper 1 (4CH1/1C), which is a 2 hour paper and Chemistry Paper 2 (4CH1/2C), which is a 75 minute paper. The papers contain a mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short-answer question, calculations and extended open-response questions.
I am pleased to be working as a Learning Partner with Tutors and Exams. Tutors and Exams provides examination and assessment facilities primarily aimed at private and home educated candidates. They currently have five exam centres located in Bolton, Coventry, Doncaster, St. Neots Cambridgeshire and Wimbledon, with a sixth one coming soon in Taunton. Having worked with them to award TAGs for a number of my students I have been really impressed with their professional approach, particularly towards Access Arrangements. As a Learning Partner, my students receive 15% off the cost of their IGCSE Chemistry exam entries. You will need to enter a code at the time of booking your exam entries. Please do contact me for the code (before making your exam entry) if you wish to enter through Tutors and Exams.
Live class reviews
"My daughter absolutely loves Kate’s KS3 classes, they are genuinely the highlight of her week, and of all the teachers we have come across throughout our home education journey, Kate is, by far and away, the best we have encountered. Her attention to detail, meticulous planning and provision of high-quality resources (including practical demonstration videos), together with Kate’s wealth of experience, evidently high level of expertise, enthusiasm, sense of humour and genuine concern for her students means my daughter has felt inspired and supported throughout the course so far and cannot wait to move on to studying Chemistry at IGCSE level and beyond. Thank you so much Kate!"
V.C. April 2022 (KS3 live classes)
“I feel very lucky to have found Kate at CanDoChem. She is an expert and obviously knows her subject inside out, making top grades accessible to home ed students. Her lessons are enjoyable and very well planned. All resources are available online and everything about the course is incredibly well organised. She cares about her students and notices if one is struggling or having a tough day and is very quick to feedback to parents. I could not recommend her highly enough.”
S.H., April 2022 (IGCSE 2-year live classes)
“We have found Kate to be highly knowledgeable and effective at delivering a really engaging Chemistry course at both KS3 and IGCSE levels. The sessions have been fully interactive and enjoyable for the kids, and Kate is careful to ensure the whole class understands new topics. Homework is marked very quickly, with lots of feedback and encouragement, including practical experiments we have been able to do at home in the kitchen with the kids. Classes are kept to a small size. Very highly recommended!”
C.P., April 2022 (KS3 and IGCSE 2-year live classes)
“Kate is an absolute treasure and we feel very lucky to have found her. Her teaching style is very clear, she takes huge trouble to ensure all the students enjoy Chemistry, and is very responsive to emails and queries. I really don't know how we would have managed Chemistry without her. Thank you Kate.”
S.D., April 2022 (KS3 live classes)
“My daughter really enjoys Kate’s lessons, the small group size is great for her concentration and the lessons are both interesting and fun. I get regular feedback from Kate about how my daughter is doing, and the half termly tests are also very helpful. Really happy that we found Kate, I would thoroughly recommend her!”
K.R., April 2022 (IGCSE 2-year live classes)
“We pay a bit more for Kate's classes, but the standard of teaching and resources is very high and we get much more feedback. It's very well structured. Our son is keen on Chemistry and one year in we are finding that this is teaching him how to work for an exam as well as the subject. Kate’s expectations are high, and she supports the students to do well.”
S.P., April 2022 (IGCSE 2-year live classes)
“I would highly recommend CanDoChem for IGCSE Chemistry. My child enjoys the classes, the structure and the teaching is of an excellent standard with plenty of support available.”
C.W., April 2022 (IGCSE 2-year live classes)
“My daughter Ruby struggled with Chemistry, but very soon after commencing online classes with Kate, it began to fall into place! Kate is a great teacher and her enthusiasm and knowledge has helped Ruby gain a much better understanding of the subject.”
K.A. April 2022 (IGCSE 2-year live classes)
"I have to thank you for having the course incredibly well structured. Your clear and precise explanations make it easy for Finn to follow the 1 year course (considering he had virtually no previous knowledge) and he knows what is expected to get the high grades he is aiming for. Your immediate feedback and clear instructions on how to improve make it a pleasure for me as a parent who has very little knowledge, as it means I can leave it to your teaching and Finn revising to achieve what he wants. It is a real pleasure to have you so passionate about your subject and being such a great teacher. Thanks so much, wish there were more like you out there.”
A.R. March 2021 (IGCSE 1-year live classes, Grade 9)
"Kate is, without doubt, the best Science teacher/tutor I have come across. She has become the bar with which I now compare others. Kate combines subject mastery with teaching brilliance. She is a rare find."
L.E. January 2021 (IGCSE 2-year live classes)
"We are big fans of Dr Kate's Home Ed IGCSE Chemistry online group classes! My son was a beginner at Chemistry (albeit with a good general Science knowledge) but he is motivated to rise to the high standards that Dr Kate sets in the class as a result of the meticulous planning, personal attention, gamification (my son loves the Chemistry Kahoots) she provides and through creating an encouraging and friendly environment.
Regular homework and tests ensure that the skills the students learn in this tricky subject are consolidated. While reviewing one of the class recordings, I found myself following on for a good 15 mins re-learning atomic structure as Dr Kate broke down the topic into manageable chunks, while gently checking the students' understanding as she went along.
As an examiner, Dr Kate encourages the depth and precision required to answer questions to exam standards. Exam paper questions have been introduced from the beginning and students are shown how to answer in a way that gains full marks.
The small size of the groups is a huge bonus; the students can have their camera on and use the mic to answer questions, which makes the class a highly interactive experience
My son takes / has taken quite a few online group classes and this is undoubtedly one of the best we have experienced so far."
C.M. January 2021 (IGCSE 2-year live classes)
"My son is taking the 1 year intensive IGCSE class with Kate and I can say she has been brilliant all the way through. His confidence and enthusiasm for the subject has grown week by week and he now feels, with her help, he can achieve a top grade. The small class size offers just the right balance of personalised support and friendly interaction. Kate also offers extra drop in sessions for any lingering questions and excellent feedback for homework. I cannot recommend her highly enough."
S. M. January 2021 (IGCSE 1-year live classes, Grade 9)
"I'd just like to say thanks for all the encouragement, support and amazing teaching. I now find Chemistry an engaging and interesting subject to learn and am aiming for a top grade."
J.M. (student) January 2021 (IGCSE 1-year live classes, Grade 9)
"My daughter was keen to study IGCSE Chemistry in one year and so she started the course. Very soon it became clear that the course was moving too quickly for her. After speaking with Kate, we all decided to change to the two-year course. This pace is perfect for her, she’s really enjoying it and gaining confidence. The majority of homework is self-marked and Kate is always available to answer questions. Exams are set at the end of each topic; Kate marks them and provides very useful feedback.
I could not recommend Chemistry with Kate more highly. She is clearly passionate about her subject and provides interesting and stimulating lessons with positive feedback."
C.C. February 2021 (IGCSE 2-year live classes)