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Chemistry International Baccalaureate at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Course description

Chemistry is a Group 4 subject. It is called the central science, as chemical principles underpin both the physical environment in which we live and all biological systems. Apart from being a subject worthy of study in its own right, chemistry is required for many courses in higher education, such as medicine, biological science, chemical engineering and environmental science, to name but a few. The IB course is taught over 2 years and during this demanding but challenging time, students will become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. The IB syllabus will develop knowledge and understanding of key chemical concepts through the study of a range of core topics. A variety of teaching and learning styles will be used, along with laboratory experiments to bring the full aims of the IB course to life. This will include an emphasis on internationalism and theory of knowledge.

Course content

The syllabus is delivered in a series of 11 topics, which are studied by all students. HL students will study topics 2-10 in more depth. Students will also study one Option topic.

1. Quantitative Chemistry
2. Atomic Structure
3. Periodicity
4. Bonding
5. Energetics
6. Kinetics
7. Equilibrium
8. Acids and bases
9. Oxidation and Reduction
10. Organic Chemistry
11. Measurement and data processing

Group 4 Project: This is an interdisciplinary project designed to enable students to work collaboratively as scientists on creative projects and gain invaluable hands-on appreciation of scientific work.

Internationalism: Through the study of Environmental Chemistry, students will develop a global awareness of scientific issues. This will include the intense use of limited resources and human activities which produce waste products that build up in the environment to cause pollution.

Entry requirements

A student wishing to study chemistry should preferably have a grade A or A* in GCSE chemistry or core and additional science to be confident of success but certainly no less than grade B.


External Assessment The external assessment consists of three written papers at the end of year 2 with an overall weighting of 76 per cent.

Paper 1 – Multiple choice (20 per cent)
Paper 2 – Section A is short answer while Section B is extended response (HL 36 per cent, SL 32 per cent)
Paper 3 – Tests Option topic knowledge (HL 20 per cent, SL 24 per cent)

Internal Assessment Practical work is assessed throughout the course. Higher level students spend 60 hours of the course on practical work, and standard level students spend 30 hours. All practical work must be written up in a lab notebook and one full investigation is internally assessed, contributing 24 per cent of the final grade for the chemistry IB.

Future opportunities

Studying chemistry in the sixth form is a pathway to a wide variety of degree, HND and HNC qualifications at universities and other Higher Education institutions.
Chemistry students may like to consider the following courses among others: medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacology, pharmacy, chemical engineering, biochemistry, biomedical science, material science, forensic science, engineering, environmental science, earth science, geology, agriculture, archaeology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016

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