Chemistry Standard and Higher IB *Fees Payable* at Cobham Hall *Fees Payable*
Chemistry is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigative skills. It is often called the central science as chemical principles underpin both the physical environment in which we live and all biological
systems. The Diploma Programme Chemistry course includes the essential principles of the subject but also, through selection of an option, allows flexibility to tailor the course to meet the need of students. The course is available at both Standard Level
(SL) and Higher Level (HL), and therefore accommodates those who wish to study the subject in higher education and those who do not.
All students cover the essential principles, or Core:
- Stoichiometric relationships
- Redox processes
- Measurement and data processing
- Atomic structure
- Chemical bonding and structure
- Chemical kinetics
- Acids and bases
- Organic chemistry
Higher Level Chemistry takes many of the core topics to a greater depth, often involving a mathematical input. Thus the numerical basis for the pH scale is demonstrated and thermodynamic quantities, such as enthalpy and entropy are defined. A wide range
of organic family groups are explored and are linked to the biological world.
All students will also study an additional topic chosen from the options of: materials; biochemistry; energy; or medicinal chemistry.
At the end of the two years, both Standard Level and Higher Level students will sit three papers. Higher Level papers are slightly longer.
Paper 1 (SL 20%, HL 20%) consists of multiple choice questions
Paper 2 (SL 40%, HL 36%) includes a data-based questions, short answer questions and a choice of extended questions
Paper 3 (SL 20%, HL 24%) consists of short answer questions (and extended responses for Higher Level) that test the option topics
During the course, an individual investigation will also be undertaken, making up 20% of the total marks. This will assess criteria such as personal engagement, exploration, analysis, evaluation and communication skills.
Chemistry is essential for medicine, veterinary science, dentistry and pharmacy. It is also useful in engineering, food technology and public health services. It is a fascinating subject in its own right and leads to careers in industry such as the Pharmaceutical
sector. Chemistry’s own unique balance of mathematical and the analytical approach to thinking is also highly valued for courses ranging from Law to Accountancy.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cobham Hall *Fees Payable* directly.
Last updated date: 26 January 2016