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Chemistry AS/A Level at Ysgol Brynrefail

Course description

What will I learn?

The AS Chemistry course is designed to enable a smooth transition from GCSE and builds on popular areas of the Chemistry course from years 10 & 11. These involve ‘The Control and Use of Chemical Changes’ (CH1) in addition to looking at ‘Properties, Structure and Bonding’ (CH2). From the beginning of the AS course you will be given an opportunity to develop your practical skills in a variety of experiments including the testing of unknown compounds and the synthesis of new materials.

If you continue onto the A2 course you will then move on to study the latest methods of drug design and structural analysis in addition to looking at why chemical reactions happen on a fundamental level. Here again, the theoretical aspects of the course are always consolidated with interesting and appropriate practical tasks.

How will I learn?

Chemistry is regarded as a discipline that requires logical thinking and a clear and organised mind. It uses and develops a host of skills which employers regard as being invaluable in the workplace, including problem solving, team working, numeracy, communication and practical skills.

Entry requirements

GCSE Science A*-B and GCSE Additional Science A*-B


The AS Chemistry course is assessed through 2 written examination papers (CH1 in January and CH2 in June), each contributing 40% of the final AS qualification. In addition, the CH3 module is assessed through 2 formal practical assessments (contributing 20% of the final AS qualification).

Future opportunities

If you successfully complete the one year AS course, there will be the option to continue for a further year to obtain a full Chemistry A level.

Job Ideas

Chemistry is a subject, which is at the heart of a variety of science-based careers such as medicine, veterinary sciences, dentistry and pharmacy. Alternatively, an A-Level in chemistry can also be used as a stepping-stone to a non-scientific career in fields as diverse as business, law, accounting and management.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 December 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years