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Chemistry AS and A Level at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman

Course description

The AS and A level courses build onto the GCSE Science and Additional Science and follows the WJEC syllabus. There is a strong emphasis on practical work. The subject in-creases your power of reasoning, prediction and handling of abstract concepts.

Course content

The practical work includes:

  • Measuring the amount of energy re-leased in a chemical reaction
  • Using a variety of chemical tests to discover the Identity of unknown sub-stances, inorganic and organic, pre-paring and purifying samples of organic materials

In the theory lessons, the student may expect to learn:

  • Why a mere 10 degrees rise in temperature increases the rate of reaction by 100%
  • How catalysts work and examples of their use in industrial processes
  • What 'pH' really means, and how 'indicators' and 'buffers' work

Entry requirements

GCSE Point Scores

In advising students as to the most suitable choice of post-16 courses/programmes of study, we use a GCSE 'Point Score' as a benchmark.

The Score is made up from the best six GCSE grades achieved by the student using the following scale:-

A* - 8 points

A - 7 points

B - 6 points

C - 5 points

D - 4 points

E – 3 points

F – 2 points

G - 1 point

This process has been used successfully over a number of years and proved to be an accurate predictor of likely success through the various possible routes of study.

Yellow Route:

  • To study 4 A Level subjects over 2 years – 42 points (minimum) including Maths & English (following consultation)
  • To Study 3 A Level subjects over 2 years points – 30 points (minimum) including Maths & English

Green Route:

  • To study a green route a point score of 30 points from at least 4 separate subjects

N.B. Although, as stated above, these ‘scores’ are good predictors of likely success upon entry into the Sixth Form, each student is treated as an individual and the post GCSE Interview is a very important process. Parents are welcome to be present at these interviews.

Future opportunities

A-Level Chemistry is an essential subject requirement for courses in Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, and many Biology-based courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Dyffryn Aman directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016
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