Chemistry: Higher & Standard Level

What will you do on this course?

The course is divided into core  topics  which are studied by Higher Level and Standard Level students. There is also additional Higher Level material studied by Higher Level students only. The additional material covers the core topics in greater depth.

Core topics: Stoichiometry. Atomic theory. Periodicity. Bonding. States of matter. Energetics. Kinetics. Equilibrium. Acids & bases. Oxidation & reduction. Organic Chemistry.

In addition students study one option, chosen by the teacher, from the following list:

  • Materials
  • Biochemistry
  • Energy
  • Medical Chemistry

Practical work is an integral part of the course and in addition there is a day visit to Bristol University to carry out experiments in the undergraduate laboratories.

How will you be assessed?

The course will have a substantial practical element and coursework which comprises internally assessed experiments contributing 24% of the overall assessment. The written assessment is at the end of the course and has three papers:

  • Paper 1 has multiple choice questions
  • Paper 2 has short answer questions and two extended response questions
  • Paper 3 has questions on the optional area of study chosen by the teacher as well as practical skills

What could this course lead to?

The course provides a firm foundation for further study of Chemistry but also provides knowledge  and skills which are valuable in other university courses such as Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Geology and Engineering.