Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

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The Central Welsh Board, along with its English counterparts, did not allow its School & Higher examination certificates to be awarded in individual subjects. Pupils had to pass a minimum number of subjects at a minimum standard for the award of a certificate. The information below sets out the rules for the 1932 examinations. (The Supplementary Certificate, awarded after School Certificate had been taken, normally at around age 16, could, however, be awarded in separate subjects)


School Certificate

Five subjects at least required; at least four from Groups I, II, III, and at least one from each of these groups, the fifth subject being chosen from any of the four groups. Pass necessary in each of Groups I, II, III, with credit in at least two full subjects.

Group I: Scripture, English, Welsh Language and Literature, History, Geography.

Group II: Latin, Greek, Welsh, French, German, Spanish, Italian.

Group III: Mathematics (including Arithmetic), Mechanics, Physics I: (a) Mechanics, (b) Heat and Light; Physics II: (a) Mechanics, (b) Magnetism and Electricity, Chemistry, Geography, Botany, Biology, Geology, General Science.

Geography may not be taken both in Group I and in Group III. If Geography is taken in Group III, it must be in conjunction with Arithmetic to secure a pass in the group.

Group IV: Agricultural Science, Domestic Science, including Elementary Physiology and Hygiene, Music (Theory), Music (Practical), Music (Matriculation equivalent), Art, Woodwork, Metalwork, Woodwork and Metalwork combined, Needlework and Garment-construction, Cookery, Laundrywork, Book-keeping, Shorthand.

N.B.: Provided that the minimum requirements of each of Groups I, II and III are fulfilled, i.e. that a subject is offered from each of these groups, the two other subjects may be chosen from the following (certain branches marked * being combined and counted as one complete subject): (a) *Music (Theory), *Music (Practical); (b) Music (Matriculation equivalent); (c) Art; (d) Woodwork or Metalwork or Woodwork and Metalwork combined; (e) *Needlework and Garment-construction, *Cookery, *Laundrywork (two of these branches being combined and counted as one subject); (f) *Book-keeping, *Shorthand, (g) Agricultural Science.

Where the fourth subject is also taken from one of Groups I, II and III, either Cookery or Needlework and Garment-construction may be offered alone as the fifth subject.


Higher School Certificate

Pass in three subjects only: (A) either (a) Group I as a whole or (b) three subjects from Group II or (c) three subjects from Group III or (d) two subjects from Group II and one from Group III or Group IV or (e) two subjects from Group III and one from Group II or Group IV, or (B) satisfy the examiners in two subjects from the same group and reach a certain standard in the third subject.

No candidate will be admitted to the examination unless, in addition to the study of the subjects he offers at the examination, he shall have done work of a complementary nature, in accordance with an approved syllabus.

Group I: Greek, Latin, Greek and Roman History and Antiquities.

Group II: Scripture, English, Greek or Latin, Welsh, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Economics, History, Geography.

Group III: Advanced Mathematics (= two subjects), Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Pure and Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Biology, Zoology, Geology, Geography.

Botany or Zoology may not be taken with Biology.

There must be no overlapping of subjects in this group.

Group IV: (1) Music or (2) Drawing and Painting, with two subjects both from Group II or both from Group III.