Chemistry IB

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code 2
Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Chemistry is the study of matter. It pervades every aspect of our civilisation from ancient times to the modern day, from the earliest discoveries of alkalis to the modern developments in polymers and drugs. It is a very powerful subject to study at sixth form level as many skills are learned during the course, skills which can be transferred to many different disciplines beyond sixth form. These skills are:

  • Problem Solving
  • Planning
  • Observation
  • Recording and processing data
  • Analysis
  • Manual/dexterity skills


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

How will it be delivered?

International Baccalaureate subject grades range from 7 (best) to 1 (lowest).

IB Diploma pass ranges from total 45 points (maximum achievable ) to 24 points (minimum pass with 12 points across higher subjects)

Entry requirements

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.

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