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IBCP Chemistry at The Towers School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The Chemistry course allows students to develop traditional practical skills and techniques and to increase facility in the use of mathematics, which is the language of science. It also allows students to develop interpersonal skills, and digital technology skills, which are essential in 21st century scientific endeavour and are important life-enhancing, transferable skills.



Course content

Topics include: • the structure of atoms • chemical bonding • patterns in the periodic table • calculations in chemistry • rates of reactions • chemical reactions and energy equilibria • organic chemistry • acids and bases • oxidation and reduction • measurement, data processing and spectroscopy • one optional topic

Chemical knowledge is ultimately based on experiments, so the acquisition of experimental and data analysis skills is essential. Therefore about 20% of lesson time will be spent doing experiments and analysing experimental data.

There are three externally assessed papers:

Paper 1: duration ¾ hour, 30 multiple choice questions on core. 30 marks, 20%

Paper 2: duration 1¼ hours, short answer, and extended response questions on the core material. 50 marks, 40%

Paper 3: duration 1 hour, section A: one data based question and several short answer questions on experimental work. Section B short answer and extended-response questions from one option. 35 marks, 20%

Internally assessed and externally moderated: individual investigation, duration 10 hours, 20%

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in both GCSE Maths & English 


Assessment is by three examination papers at the end of the course (80%) and internally assessed practical work throughout the course (20%).

Internal Assessments These will constitute 20% of the final assessment. Practical work will consist of 40 hours for standard level. Within this, time allocated for internal assessment will be a minimum of 10 hours.

Future opportunities

Students who do well at the IBCP are well placed to move into the world of work, Higher or Further education. They will have the qualifications, skills and qualities that are valued by employers in all sectors.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 18 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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