Chemistry is an invaluable subject if you wish to study abroad. It promotes numerous skills that are transferable to other subjects and are sought after by employers. These skill include how to think logically and analytically, how to be objective, reason, problem solve and to communicate abstract ideas.

Careers aside, Chemistry is interesting, challenging and can be lots of fun. Reactions that go bang with a flash, glow in the dark, change colors, produce bubbles, change states and dramatically change temperatures – all help to explain how chemical elements interact.

My name is Ellen May Shortis I have recently joined the KYSIS team from the UK. I studied Science Education in Dublin City University, while doing my degree I gained experience teaching in a number of different settings. My degree was a concurrent degree which meant I studied science alongside psychology, philosophy of education, history of education and educational pedagogy. During my degree I also worked in a tuition school, tutoring Junior Certificate (Irish GCSE) mathematics and partook in the SUAS literacy program, a program to increase literacy levels amongst students in disadvantaged areas. After completing my degree I moved to the UK to gain experience teaching the English Science Curriculum, as the Irish GCSE Curriculum is being overhauled at the moment and we are modeling it on the English one.
For me there is no better thrill than helping students succeed their goals, no matter how big or small “the greatest journey starts with the first step”.

I love the small class sizes at KYS International School. Each lesson is run like a tutorial in which I can cater to the needs of the individual student. No one is left out – each lesson actively engages the different learning styles. Most tasks involve inquiry based thinking skills while others involve discussion and the sharing of ideas. The air-conditioned laboratory is well equipped and spacious. The atmosphere of the whole school is uniquely accommodating – everyone is so caring and supportive of each other.

I am very impressed with this year’s AS and A2 results. I know that this year’s cohort of highly motivated and talented students will also achieve great things when it comes to their exams. I am looking forward to being a part of KYS International School’s success.

Description of Subject

The aims of all courses in Science are to:

1. Provide, through well-designed studies of experimental and practical science, a worthwhile educational experience for all students, whether or not they go on to study science beyond this level and, in particular, to enable them to acquire sufficient understanding and knowledge to:
  • become confident citizens in a technological world and able to take or develop an informed interest in matters of scientific import
  • recognize the usefulness, and limitations, of scientific method and to appreciate its applicability in other disciplines and in everyday life
  • be suitably prepared for studies beyond A Level in Science, Engineering, Medicine or in Science-dependent vocational courses
2. Develop abilities and skills that
  • are relevant to the study and practice of science
  • are useful in everyday life
  • encourage efficient and safe practice; encourage effective communication
3. Develop attitudes relevant to science such as
  • concern for accuracy and precision
  • objectivity
  • integrity
  • the skills of inquiry
  • initiative
  • inventiveness
4. Stimulate interest in, and care for, the environment in relation to the environmental impact of Science and its applications.

5. Promote an awareness of the impact science has on it community.

6. Stimulate students and create a sustained interest in Science so that the study of the subject is enjoyable and satisfying.

CHEMISTRY AS & A2 (9701)

AS Level students will study and be assessed on the core of the eleven sections below

A Level students will study both the core and extension of all eleven sections, with further applications on biochemistry, analytical techniques and structre
  • Atomic Structure
  • Stoichiometry
  • Chemical Bonding and Structure
  • States of Matter
  • Chemical Energetics
  • Electrochemistry
  • Equilibria
  • Reaction Kinetics
  • Periodicity
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

Methods of Assessment in all science subjects:

The assessment for all three science courses is by external examinations which concentrate on the following skills:
  • Knowledge with understanding
  • Handling, applying and evaluating information
  • Experimental skills and investigations
Paper 1 (AS)

Type of paper: Multiple-choice (40 questions)
Duration: 1 hour
Marks: 40
Weighting AS: 31%
Weighting A2: 15%

Paper 2 (AS)

Type of paper: Structured questions on AS
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Marks: 60
Weighting AS: 46%
Weighting A2: 23%

Paper 3 (AS)

Type of paper: Practical Test(Two or more experiments)
Duration: 2 hours
Marks: 40
Weighting AS: 23%
Weighting A2: 12%

Paper 4 (A2)

Type of paper: Structured questions on A2 Core and applications
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
Marks: 100
Weighting A2: 38%

Paper 5 (A2)

Type of paper: Planning, evaluation and analysis
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Marks: 30
Weighting A2: 12%

To obtain the full ´A level´ the student must complete AS course and A2 course.

Students for Advanced Subsidiary (AS) certification will take Papers 1, 2 and 3 at end of the first year.

Students then carry their AS marks for P1 and P2 and then sit Papers 4, 5 and 6 at the end of the second year.