IB Chemistry Standard and Higher Level

Science and Mathematics

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

What will you be working towards?

Code IB04
Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Chemistry is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills. Chemical principles underpin both the physical environment in which we live and all biological systems. Chemistry is often a prerequisite for many other courses in higher education, such as medicine, biological science and environmental science.

All students undertake both theory and practical as they complement one another naturally, both in school and in the wider scientific community. The DP Chemistry course allows students to develop a wide range of practical skills and increase facility in the use of mathematics. It also allows students to develop interpersonal and information technology skills, which are essential to life in the 21st century.

By studying Chemistry, students should become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. This course emphasizes a practical approach to the scientific method through experimental work. Teachers provide students with opportunities to develop manipulative skills, design investigations, collect data, analyse results and evaluate and communicate their findings.

Details

Key features of the curriculum - Available at standard (SL) and higher levels (HL) 

•The minimum prescribed number of hours is 150 for SL and 240 for HL 

•While there are core skills and activities common to both SL and HL, students at HL are required to study some topics in greater depth, to study additional topics and to study extension material of a more demanding nature in the options. The distinction between SL and HL is one of breadth and depth.

•A practical approach to the course delivery is emphasised through the interdisciplinary group 4 project and a mixture of both short-term and long-term experiments and investigations.

How will it be delivered?

Higher level (240 hours)

  • Internal assessment (individual investigation): 20%
  • External assessment: 80%

Standard level (150 hours)

  • Internal assessment (individual investigation): 20%
  • External assessment: 80%



How will it be delivered?

•Students are assessed both externally and internally 

•Chemistry students at SL and HL undertake a common core syllabus and a common internal assessment (IA) scheme. 

•Internal assessment accounts for 20% of the final assessment and this is assessed through a single individual investigation. This investigation may involve a hands-on approach, use of data-bases, modelling, simulation or a hybrid. Student work is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB.

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirement for The Skinners’ Kent Academy Sixth Form

Minimum of GCSE grade 4 (G4) in English and Mathematics plus 3 other GCSEs at grades 9-4

Subject specific minimum entry requirements are:

Chemistry: English and Mathematics G6 and Science Trilogy G7 (or Separate Science G7 in Chemistry plus G6 in either Biology or Physics). 

Your next steps...

Taken in combination with other subjects and depending on your pathway of study this course can lead to higher education and/or apprenticeships.