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Physics
 

Science - bullet through apple

 
 

Trips

Isaac Newton Lecture - this takes place in October each year

Cern - this will be arranged bianually and infromation will be made available when dates are arranged

 

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. 

The course is assessed by carrying out core practical work in lessons and a terminal examination, which tests knowlede, understanding and application of both theory and practical work.

There is also a seperate practical competency part to the course, which will be assesd throughout the two years through a series of core practicals. Each student will recieve an assessment seperately to their A Level grade.

The specification detail can accessed on the AQA website using the course ref code
- 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)

 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