IB Core

  • What is the 'IB Core' and why is it important?

  • Contains comprehensive information about ALL aspects of Chemistry Extended Essays.

  • Detailed advice given to help you fulfil the role of an Extended Essay supervisor.

  • Step by step help for you to give to your students from choosing and formulating the research question to writing and completing the Extended Essay.

  • Many genuine examples given to show students how to achieve the maximum marks for each of the eleven Extended Essay criteria.

  • Loads of resources to help schools, supervisors and students through every step of the Extended Essay process

  • What is Theory of Knowledge and what does it have to do with Chemistry?

  • Many examples of how language, emotion, reason and perception provide ways of knowing in Chemistry.

  • Full details of a modern paradigm in Chemistry.

Selected Pages


Introduction 4 December 2017

A chemist's view of the IB 'hexagon'The IB core consists of Theory of Knowledge (TOK), the Extended Essay (EE) and Creativity,...


What is TOK? 17 October 2017

I think that Theory of Knowledge is unique among all subjects taught to 16-19 year olds in schools in that not a single...


Learner Profile 21 June 2017

The 'IB Learner Profile' was introduced during the last decade and is detailed in a booklet first published by the IB in...


Why TOK & Chemistry? 20 September 2016

This is a sensible question to ask. It could be argued that there is enough chemistry on the IB syllabus to occupy 240h...


Theory of Knowledge 20 September 2016

Until a few years ago many schools were following more of a heptagon model of the IB Diploma Programme rather than the ‘Hexagon’.Theory...

Extended Essays 8 January 2018

Along with Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) the Extended Essay (EE) forms part of the core...

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