This course is an introduction to modern chemistry and its uses, and combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills. The higher level chemistry course teaches the skills and concepts that are required in order to study chemistry as a prerequisite for many other courses in higher education, such as medicine, veterinary medicine, biological science, biochemistry, chemical engineering and environmental science, and also serves a useful preparation for employment.
Students at both standard level (SL) and higher level (HL) undertake a common core syllabus, a common internal assessment (coursework) scheme. Students at higher level, however, are required to study some topics in greater depth. The distinction between SL and HL is one of breadth and depth.
The same topics are studied at both standard and higher level, but are taken further at higher level. Topics include:
Calculations in chemistry
Patterns in the periodic table
Chemical bonding and structure
Energy changes in reactions
Rates of reaction
Acids and bases
Measurement, data processing and analysis
Students will also study one of the optional topics:
General entry requirements:
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 6 x grade 6 and 2 x grade 5 at GCSE or equivalent.
International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme: 3 x grade 6 and 2 x grade 5 at GCSE or equivalent.