In the Sixth Form, a large number of boys continue with their chemistry studies, at either Standard or Higher Level, and a significant proportion go on to study science-related degrees at top UK universities.
The IB course starts by building on ideas introduced at IGCSE before developing a much deeper understanding of chemical reactions and the properties of materials. The same core topics are studied at both Standard and Higher Level but the treatment of the topics at Higher Level include both greater depth and a more extensive application of mathematics.
The core topics studied are: quantitative chemistry, atomic structure, periodicity, bonding, energetics, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, oxidation and reduction, organic chemistry, and measurement. One option is also chosen from a choice of four that examines chemistry as the central science by exploring the overlap with biology and physics. There is much emphasis on practical work and pupils build a portfolio of experimental skills that are utilised in an individual investigation and a group project.