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  • The DP chemistry course allows students to develop a wide range of practical skills and to increase facility in the use of mathematics.
  • It also allows students to develop interpersonal and information technology skills, which are essential to life in the 21st century.
  • By studying chemistry students should become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other.
  • While the scientific method may take on a wide variety of forms, it is the emphasis on a practical approach through experimental work that characterizes the subject.
  • Teachers provide students with opportunities to develop manipulative skills, design investigations, collect data, analyse results and evaluate and communicate their findings
  • Appreciate scientific study and creativity within a global context through stimulating and challenging opportunities
  • Acquire a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterize science and technology
  • Apply and use a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterize science and technology
  • Develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesize scientific information
  • Develop a critical awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective collaboration and communication during scientific activities
  • Develop experimental and investigative scientific skills including the use of current technologies
  • Develop and apply 21st century communication skills in the study of science
  • Become critically aware, as global citizens, of the ethical implications of using science and technology
  • Develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations of science and technology
  • Develop an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and their influence on other areas of knowledge

1. Stoichiometric relationships
2. Atomic structure
3. Periodicity
4. Chemical bonding and structure
5. Energetics/thermochemistry
6. Chemical kinetics
7. Equilibrium
8. Acids and bases
9. Redox processes
10.Organic chemistry
11.Measurement and data processing

Additional higher level (AHL)
12.Atomic structure
13.The periodic table—the transition metals
14.Chemical bonding and structure
16.Chemical kinetics
18.Acids and bases
19.Redox processes
20.Organic chemistry
21.Measurement and analysis

A. Materials
B. Biochemistry
C. Energy
D. Medicinal chemistry


    • How do we distinguish science from pseudoscience?
    • When experiments, what is the relationship between a scientist’s expectation and their perception?
    • How does scientific knowledge progress?
    • What is the role of imagination and intuition in the sciences?
    • What are the similarities and differences in methods in the natural sciences and the human sciences?

    Paper 1
    40 multiple-choice questions (Core and AHL)

    Paper 2
    Data-based, short answer and extended response questions (Core and AHL)

    Paper 3

    Data- and practical –based questions, plus short answer and extended response questions on the option

    Individual Investigation
    Investigation and write-up of 6 to 12 pages

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