IB Chemistry is a comprehensive, skill-based diploma program taught over two years. It equips students with a deep knowledge of chemistry's practical skills and theoretical concepts. The approaches to learning (ATL) skills are the driving force of the curriculum. Students undertake experimentation and investigation in a lab or simulated environment to collect data to be interpreted and results to be drawn. Research, analytical, communication, and problem-solving skills are only a few examples of the skill set that students will acquire in their journey.
Course Structure and Content
IB Chemistry can be studied at either Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL). Both levels include the core topics: Stoichiometric Relationships, Atomic Structure, Periodicity, Chemical Bonding & Structure, Energetics/thermochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Equilibrium, Acids & Bases, Redox Processes, Organic Chemistry, and Measurement & Data Processing.
Higher Level students examine the topics mentioned in greater depth, acquiring more extensive knowledge and developing more sophisticated analytical skills. Additionally, the program requires all students to study one of the four Options: Materials, Biochemistry, Energy, or Medicinal Chemistry.
The assessment of all content mentioned above is conducted via internally and externally assessed work. The Internal Assessment (IA), known as the Independent Investigation, accounts for 20% of the final grade. It requires students to conduct and design their own investigation and submit a report. The remaining portion of the skills and objectives of the course is externally assessed via three written papers (Papers 1, 2, and 3) covering the whole syllabus, with question types including multiple-choice, short-answer, extended-response, and data-based questions.
IB Chemistry students sitting examinations in May 2025 will be the first to officially lead the start of a new era within the program. The new syllabus uses a more conceptual approach to the learning path and content delivery. This way, students acquire a deeper understanding and knowledge in unfamiliar situations. Be ready for some new content presented by Revision Village that aligns perfectly with the new curriculum!
Tips for Success
- Consistency: IB Chemistry is a challenging subject that requires consistency in your studying habits to achieve the best results! Organizing your time in a way to cover the weekly content is a great way to stay on top of things and avoid accumulated concepts.
- Practice: It is well-known that to master any skill/ concept, undertaking repetitive and targeted exercises is the way to go! Luckily, you can find a whole set of revision tools on the RV website that allows you to practice and test yourself on one subtopic, one specific topic, and the entire syllabus!
- Prioritize your well-being: remember, this is a marathon, not a race! Reaching the final goal requires taking care of your physical and mental health. So, get enough sleep, eat healthy, and, most importantly, have fun along the way!
How does RV help maximize your academic results?
RV IB Chemistry provides you with the best practice and revision tools. First, the Questionbank offers hundreds of questions for all topics/subtopics. You can move to more advanced challenges after building confidence and familiarity with the material. You can test yourself with RV Topic Quizzes, Mock Exams, the Revision Ladders, and the Prediction Exams!
RV will also provide an immersive interactive academic learning experience with our Chatbot, Newton AI, which you can use to address content-related questions and get immediate feedback. A wide variety of explanatory video solutions for every question and Key Concepts videos are at your disposal at every moment to enhance your learning experience.
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