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Physics AS/A2 Level at The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

 

Physics is a popular AS and A2 choice at Helena Romanes School. Students who succeed in Physics enjoy the challenge provided by the subject; have secure mathematical skills and a desire to seek explanations for everyday phenomena.

The Physics course covers aspects of the subject from traditional mechanics to modern quantum physics and astrophysics. Students are constantly asked to apply their learning to the world around them and identify links between different facets of the subject.

 

Course content

 

AS Year:

1. Measurements and their errors

2. Particles and Radiation

3. Waves

4. Force, energy and momentum

5. Electricity

 

A2 Year:

6. Further Mechanics and Periodic Motion

7. Fields and their consequences

8. Nuclear Physics

9. An Optional Topic

 

Entry requirements

 

In addition, to study this subject you must have a grade B in Core and Additional Science, or a grade B in the Physics component of Triple Science, and a grade B in Mathematics.

 

Assessment

 

The AS will be examined through two written papers. Paper 1 will last 1 hour 30 minute and be worth 50% of the qualification; it will comprise of 70 marks of short and long answer questions split by topic.

Paper 2 is a second 1 hour 30 minute written paper, it covers the same content but is split into three sections: Section A – 20 marks on practical skills, Section B – 20 marks of short and long answer questions, Section C – 30 multiple choice questions.

 

The A2 is examined through three written papers; please note the AS examination results, if taken, will no longer be counted in the A2 result. Paper 1 is a 2 hour written examination covering sections 1-5 and 6.1 (the AS content), it is an 85 mark paper – 60 marks of long and short answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions.

Paper 2 is a similar 2 hour paper but based on sections 6.2, 7 & 8, it is again an 85 mark paper – 60 marks of long and short answer questions and 25 multiple choice questions. Paper 3 is a final 2 hour paper, 45 marks of long and short answer questions on practical skills and data analysis and 35 marks of short and long answer questions on the chosen optional topic.

 

Future opportunities

 

Physics AS/A2 is prerequisite for many engineering or medical courses or careers. In addition a Physics background is often valued in the financial or computational sectors. It has strong links with geography in occupations such as Meteorology or Geophysics and is highly valued in the construction and aeronautical industries.

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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