Details of topics covered in IB Chemistry syllabus
CORE. These topics are studied by both higher level and standard level students.
Quantitative Chemistry, Atomic Structure, Periodicity, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibrium, Acids and Bases, Oxidation and Reduction, Organic Chemistry, and Measurement and Data Processing.
ADDITIONAL HIGHER LEVEL MATERIAL. These topics are studied by higher level students only.
Atomic Structure (Electron configuration)
Periodicity (First-row d-block elements)
Bonding (Shapes of molecules and ions, Hybridisation, Delocalisation of electrons)
Energetics (Standard enthalpy changes of a reaction, Born-Haber cycle, Entropy, Spontaneity)
Kinetics (Rate expression, Reaction mechanism, Activation energy)
Equilibrium (Liquid-vapour equilibrium, The equilibrium law)
Acids and Bases (Calculations involving acids and bases, Buffer solutions, Salt hydrolysis, Acid-base titrations, Indicators)
Oxidation and Reduction (Standard electrode potentials, electrolysis)
Organic Chemistry (Nucleophilic substitution reactions, Elimination reactions, Condensation reactions, Reaction pathways, Steroisomerism)
Two special topics are studies by pupils during year 13 from the following:
A - Modern Analytical Chemistry
B - Human Biochemistry
C - Chemistry in Industry and Technology
D - Medicines and Drugs
E - Environmental Chemistry
F - Food Chemistry
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme We require at least seven GCSEs with an average of Grade 5, including English Language and Maths. For subjects you wish to take at higher level you will need at least a grade 6. International Baccalaureate Career Programme We require at least five subjects at GCSE grade 4 or higher, ideally including Mathematics and English and preferably with a grade 5 in your area of specialism. Strong interest in the vocational BTEC subject will need to be in evidence at the guidance meeting.