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Chemistry IB Standard Level at Parkside Sixth

Course description

The most obvious result of Chemistry is the manufacture of new materials with new properties which impact and enhance everyday life.At IB level Chemistry is still very much an experimental subject. It aims to provide a thorough grounding in the underlying principles so that Chemistry makes complete sense. By analysing emerging patterns you will not only be able to describe chemical reactions but explain why and when they happen.

Chemistry is crucial for students who wish to study medicine, dentistry or pharmacology. Studying Chemistry to HL level is particularly important for students who wish to study science, especially Biology, at degree level.

Course content

You will follow a program which covers the same topics at SL and at HL level. However, at HL level you will cover the topics in more depth and include more mathematical calculations. All topics build on content you have already encountered during your GCSE course such as:

  • atomic structure
  • bonding
  • acids and bases
  • shapes of molecules
  • energetics
  • organic chemistry

You will also carry out a number of experiments, some of which will be used for internal assessment.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including English and Maths.

IB students take six subjects in total which consists of three subjects at Higher level and three at Standard level. 
For Higher level subjects, you should have GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade B or above in those subjects or related ones. We recommend Higher level Maths, Chemistry and Physics only for those with a grade A or above in GCSE Maths and Science. 

Further information about entry requirements can be found in our  prospectus or on the website. Students also have timetabled sessions for Theory of Knowledge.

If you are applying for the International Baccalaureate, you need to choose six subjects, from a range of different subject areas. For information can be found in our prospectus.

A paper copy of the prospectus can be obtained by phoning the Sixth Form Administrator on 01223 712600.


The final mark is made up of both exams and internal assessment. The exam papers are all taken at the end of the course.

Standard and higher level students:

  • Paper 1: multiple choice paper on all topics, excluding the two option topics
  • Paper 2: a) data-based questions and other short-answer questions
  • b) structured questions requiring longer answers
  • Paper 3: structured questions on the two chosen option topics only
  • Internal assessment: a minimum of two practical assignments and the group 4 project

For the group 4 project you will collaborate with students from other group 4 subject areas and you will be assessed on your team working skills.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is an essential requirement if you intend to study Biology to degree level, but also medicine and dentistry. Many other degree subjects, (including many Psychology courses) require a science at Higher level.

Studying Chemistry to IB level is regarded as an excellent asset by universities, enhancing your chances when applying to universities tremendously.

Chemists do not only work in academia or chemical and pharmaceutical industry; many find satisfying jobs in areas such as chemical engineering, biochemistry, biotechnology, psychology and IT.

Further information

How will I study?

You will experience a variety of learning approaches, from group work, independent study to hands-on practical work. Seminars will be challenging, but also satisfying, focusing on critical thinking and evaluating a variety of models. You will also have access to our brand-new sixth form library and will be given plenty of high-quality support from subject tutors.

What extra-curricular activities will there be?

We are hoping to organise visits to research laboratories at the University of Cambridge and invite visiting speakers. We will also cooperate with one of our IB partner schools in another country.

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: 16 October 2017
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