IB Diploma in Chemistry

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics

What will you be working towards?

Code 111
Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


IB Chemistry builds on the skills and ideas developed at GCSE.  Students will study aspects of Chemistry that are often in the media and affect their lives.

The aims of this course are:

  • To develop students' interest in, and enthusiasm for, chemistry, including developing an interest in further study and careers in chemistry
  • To gain an appreciation of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society
  • To develop a deeper understanding of the skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other.



  • Stoichiometric relationships
  • Atomic structure
  • Periodicity, Periodic Table and Transition Elements
  • Chemical bonding and structure
  • Energetics/thermochemistry
  • Chemical kinetics
  • Equilibrium
  • Acids and bases
  • Redox processes
  • Organic chemistry



How will it be delivered?

External assessment:

  • Paper 1:  40 multiple choice questions (1 hr, 20%)
  • Paper 2:  Short answer and extended response questions (2.25 hrs, 36%)
  • Paper 3:  Data based, practical-based questions, short answer and extended response questions (1.25 hrs, 24%)

Internal assessment:

  • Individual investigation:  Personal research, investigation and write-up (20%)
  • Measurement, data processing and analysis

Entry requirements

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


Your next steps...

IB Chemistry is  popular subject and as a central science underpins other disciplines like Biology and Geology.  Chemistry is the study of substances, what they are made of, how they interact and the role they play in living things.