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Physics
 

Science - bullet through apple

 
 

Isaac Newton Lecture

Science - isacc newton lecture
From a previous year with Miss Emily Cummings a Young Ethical Scientist

Next years date and topic will be announced when we have it.

 

The A Level course is taught by two specialist teachers; Mrs Nicola Gregory and Mrs Frances Haunch, during 9 periods each fortnight.

The AQA Physics syllabus is taught. This course contains both traditional and contemporary topics and is designed to give a smooth transition from GCSE.

They will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of physics and gain hands-on practical and data analysis skills. The course also allows pupils to see the links between the other science subjects and beyond the laboratory. 

In each year it is assessed by carrying out core practical work in lessons and a terminal examination, which tests knowlede, understanding and application of both theory and practcal work.

The specification detail can accessed on the AQA website using the course ref codes
- Physics AS level (7407)
- Physics A level (7408)

Assessment objectives (Assessment objectives are set by Ofqual and are the same across all AS and A level Physics specifications and all exam boards.)
The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

• AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures.

• AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures:
   • in a theoretical context
   • in a practical context
   • when handling qualitative data
   • when handling quantitative data.

• AO3: Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence, including in relation to issues, to:
   • make judgements and reach conclusions
   • develop and refine practical design and procedures.

Assessment objectives (AOs) Component weightings

 

AS (%)

A2(%)

AO1

36

33

AO2

40

42

AO3

24

25

40% of the overall assessment of AS and A Level Physics will contain mathematical skills equivalent to Level 2 or above.
At least 15% of the overall assessment of AS and A level Physics will assess knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to practical work.

Subject content
Core content

1  Measurements and their errors
2  Particles and radiation
3  Waves
4  Mechanics and materials
5  Electricity
6  Further mechanics and thermal physics (A level only)
7  Fields and their consequences (A level only)
8  Nuclear physics (A level only)

Options

9  Astrophysics (A level only)
10 Medical physics (A level only)
11 Engineering physics (A level only)
12 Turning points in physics (A level only)
13 Electronics (A level only)

AS Assessments

Paper 1

Paper 2

What's assessed
Sections 1 - 5

What's assessed
Sections 1 -5

Assessed
** written exam: 1 hr 30 mins
** 70 marks
** 50% of AS

Assessed
** written exam: 1hr 30mins
** 70 marks
** 50% of AS

Questions
70 marks of short and long answer questions split by topic

Questions
Section A: 20 marks of short and long answer questions on practical skills and data analysis
Section B: 20 marks of short and long answer questions from across all areas of AS content
Section C: 30 multiple choice questions

 A level Assessments

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 2

What's assessed
Sections 1 - 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)

What's assessed
Sections 6.2  (Thermal Physics), 7 & 8 Assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1

What's assessed
Section A: Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis
Section B: Students enter for one of the sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13

Assessed
** written exam: 2 hrs
** 85 marks
** 34% of A level

Assessed
** written exam: 2 hrs
** 85 marks
** 34% of A level

Assessed
** written exam: 2 hrs
** 80 marks
** 32% of A level

Questions
60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content

Questions
60 marks of short and long answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions on content

Questions
45 marks of short and long answer questions on practical experiments and data analysis.
35 marks of short and long answer questions on optional topic