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Chemistry (Higher & Standard) International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme at Notley High School and Braintree sixth form

Course description

Chemistry is a subject worthy of study in its own right but is also a prerequisite for many other courses in higher education, as well as being a useful preparation for employment. Chemistry is called the “central science” which makes it the ideal science for those who want to take their science to new levels or who simply want to know a bit more about the world around them. Chemistry is, by its nature, an experimental subject and practical work is an integral part of the course. The Diploma Programme Chemistry course includes the essential principles of the subject and also, through the selection of options, allows some flexibility for students to tailor the course to meet their own individual needs.

What is an IB Diploma?

Students on the IB Diploma study six subjects, and follow three core development programmes. The six subjects must be chosen from carefully defined groups of subjects so that students will all include English, Maths, a second language, a science and a humanity amongst their studies.

The nine parts of the diploma (6 subjects + 3 core development programmes) are as follows:

Subject 1: the main fluent language

Subject 2: a second language which can be studied at a more advanced level (language B) or at a beginner’s level

Subject 3: a subject from the Individuals and Societies group of subjects. This is broadly humanities

Subject 4: a science subject. This includes both traditional separate sciences as well as a combined science and geography course (Environmental Systems)

Subject 5: a Maths subject                         

Subject 6: an arts subject or a second subject from one of the other 5 groups of subjects

Core 1: an extended essay of 4000 words which students write on a topic of their own choice

Core 2: a ToK (Theory of Knowledge) course which involves learning about the nature of knowledge and its limitations

Core 3: CAS (Creativity, Action, Service). This is a personal development programme which students follow, typically for an afternoon a week over the two year course. Students must involve themselves in activities which develop their creativity, their active involvement and their community service

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in Chemistry or a relevant Science subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Notley High School and Braintree sixth form directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September