Chemistry AS and A Level at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman
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.
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
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.
- 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
- 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.
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.