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IB Chemistry

There are no formal pre-requisites for students undertaking the Chemistry course. It is recommended that students have had experience of designing and carrying out laboratory experiments.


Chemistry is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills. Chemical principles underpin both the physical environment in which we live and all biological systems. Chemistry is a prerequisite for many other courses in higher education, such as medicine, biological science and environmental science, and serves as useful preparation for employment.

Syllabus Component



  • 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

  • Measurement and Analysis

Group Project

Experimental research and presentation

Option topics

One of the following:

  • Biochemistry

  • Materials

  • Energy

  • Medicinal Chemistry


Standard Level:

Internal Assessment: (20%)

Individual Investigation

External Assessment: (80%)

Examinations held at the end of the second year. Paper 1 (45 mins) (20%) Paper 2 (1 hour 15 mins) (40%) Paper 3 (1 hour) (20%)

Higher Level:

Internal Assessment: (20%) Individual Investigation

External assessment: (50%) Examinations held at the end of the second year. Paper 1 (1 hour) (20%) Paper 2 (2 hours 15 mins) (36%) Paper 3 (1 hour 15 mins) (24%)

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