Chemistry (Y Pant)

Exam Board: WJEC

Location:  Y Pant School

What is the course about?

This course builds on skills acquired at GCSE and develops the student’s ability to assimilate knowledge, concepts and techniques. There is also a significant development in practical skills through which the student will learn about the importance of experimental evidence and the theories that arise from this. The course looks at the beneficial role chemistry plays in society for example the manufacture of polymers such as polyester and nylon and pharmaceutical products like aspirin. Analytical techniques, widely used in the detection of drugs and environmental monitoring, are also studied.

Requirement/Skills for entry to the course

  • Chemistry component of Core Science GCSE – B or above
  • Chemistry component of Additional Science GCSE – B or above
  • GCSE Maths – B or above.

To succeed at A level Chemistry you must be conscientious, have excellent attendance and be prepared to try your best.

Brief outline of the course structure and assessment

AS level

The course is taught by Dr Ford and Dr Caulfield.

Students will be required to sit 2 exams on the following:

  • Unit 1 –           The language of chemistry; Structure of matter; Simple reactions

20% of overall A level

  • Unit 2 –           Energy; Rates; Chemistry of carbon compounds

20% of overall A level

A2 level

Students will be required to sit 3 exams on the following:

  • Unit 3 –           Physical and Inorganic chemistry

25% of overall A level

  • Unit 4 –           Organic chemistry and Analysis

25% of overall A level

  • Unit 5 –             Practical examination (Task and theory paper)

10% of overall A level

Career Opportunities and Additional Information

Chemistry is a requirement for medical degrees and many related fields e.g. dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy etc. It would also be an advantage for the following: veterinary science, zoology, engineering, environmental science, archaeology, forensic science and many more. Even if you do not intend doing a science degree or even a science related subject at university, chemistry is still a good subject to choose as you can access most degree courses with it.

Staff to consult for further information

Dr S Ford and Dr N Caulfield


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