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IB Group 4

Intent of the Programme

Chemical principles underpin the physical environment in which we live, and all biological systems. Chemistry has two key roles in the curriculum. Firstly, it is a subject worthy of study in its own right and, secondly, it is a prerequisite for many other courses such as medicine, biological and environmental sciences and physical sciences such as engineering.

Programme Structure

The IB Chemistry programme may be taken at Standard Level or Higher Level. The programme consists of a common core called the subject specific core (SSC) of 80 hours of study, in addition to the Group 4 project. The remainder of the Standard Level course is made up of two options of 15 hours each.

For Higher Level students, the core is extended by an additional 55 hours of material called the Additional Higher Level (AHL) material and the course completed by studying one 22-hour options. The AHL material builds upon the SSC by exploring topics in greater depth and by broadening the area of study.

Areas of Study

The syllabus content for the IB Chemistry programme is split into three parts: the subject specific core (SSC), the additional Higher Level material (AHL) and the options. A brief summary of this content is provided below:

Subject Specific Core and Additional Higher Level:

  • Topic 1 – Quantitative Chemistry
  • Topic 2 & 12 – Atomic theory
  • Topic 3 & 13 – Periodicity
  • Topic 4 & 14 – Chemical Bonding
  • Topic 5 & 15 – Energetics
  • Topic 6 & 16 – Kinetics
  • Topic 7 & 17 – Equilibrium
  • Topic 8 & 18 – Acids and Bases
  • Topic 9 & 19 – Oxidation and reduction
  • Topic 10 & 20 – Organic chemistry
  • Topic 11 – Measurement and Data Processing

Additional Higher Level material topics are 12 to 20 as above.

SL / HL Option:

  • Medical Chemistry or Human Biochemistry


The final grade will be based on the examination grade (80%) and an extended experimental investigation (20%)


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