IB Physics

Science and Mathematics

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

What will you be working towards?

Code KNO1
Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Through studying biology, chemistry or physics, students should become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. While the scientific method may take on a wide variety of forms, it is the emphasis on a practical approach through experimental work that characterises these subjects

The aims of this course are to enable students, through the overarching theme of the Nature of science, to:  

  • appreciate scientific study and creativity with a global context through stimulating and challenging opportunities 
  • acquire a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterise science and technology
  • develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise scientific information
  • develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations of science and technology
  • develop a critical awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective collaboration and communication during scientific activities



  • Measurements & uncertainties
  • Mechanics 
  • Thermal Physics 
  • Waves 
  • Electricity and magnetism 
  • Circular motion and gravitation 
  • Atomic, nuclear & particle physics 
  • Energy production 

Additional higher level (AHL): 

  • Wave phenomena
  • Fields 
  • Electromagnetic induction 
  • Quantum and nuclear physics


  • Relativity
  • Engineering physics
  • Imaging
  • Astrophysics 

How will it be delivered?

External assessment:

  • Paper 1: 40 multiple choice questions on core and AHL, about 15 of which are common with SL (1 hour, 20%)
  • Paper 2: Short answer and extended-response questions on the core and AHL material (2 hours 15 minutes, 36%)
  • Paper 3: This paper will have questions on core, AHL and option material (1 hour 15 minutes, 24%)

Internal assessment: 

  • Internal assessment is an integral part of the physics course, contributing 20% to the final assessment in the SL and HL courses.

Entry requirements

Minimum of five 9-5 grades in GCSE examinations including English and Maths, a grade 6, 6 in Combined Science/Chemistry and a grade 6 in Maths.

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