Chemistry

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CHEMISTRY

Key Stage 5

What will I study?
Chemistry is an experimental science combining academic study with practical and investigational skills.

All students will study:

  • Stoichiometric relationships
  • Atomic structure
  • Periodicity
  • Chemical bonding and structure
  • Energetics/thermochemistry
  • Chemical kinetics
  • Equilibrium
  • Acids and bases
  • Redox processes
  • Organic chemistry
  • Measurement and data processing

Students taking higher level will also study:

  • Atomic structure
  • The periodic table—the transition metals
  • Chemical bonding and structure
  • Energetics/thermochemistry
  • Chemical kinetics
  • Equilibrium
  • Acids and bases
  • Redox processes
  • Organic chemistry
  • Measurement and analysis

How will I be assessed?
You will take 3 exams in May of Year 13 which together account for 80% of your final grade. Paper 1 is a multiple choice paper which is followed by paper 2 consisting of short and extended response questions.  The length of the exams reflects whether you have opted to take them at Standard or Higher Level.  Paper 3 consists of questions on a compulsory option from a range of different choices dependent on the interests and needs of the cohort. Paper three also examines the practical skills learnt in the internal investigations.

Students will sit internal midterm and end of year exams. There are also end of topic tests throughout the course which are used to monitor progress and support students.

What coursework will I need to do?
Internal assessment (coursework) counts for 20% of the final mark and is assessed by the teacher and verified by IB. This takes the form of an extended practical task.

You will complete a Group 4 project and submit your reflections on the project to IB.

Course: IB Chemistry

Exam Board: IB

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