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Physics, A Level (level 3) at Wrotham School

Course description

This is a two year course which will result in a single A Level. This can be taken in a combination with other level 3 courses (including A level and vocational).

Course content

Topics covered:

Core content

  • Measurements and their errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics  
  • Fields and their consequences  
  • Nuclear physics

 

Options

  • Astrophysics  
  • Medical physics
  • Engineering physics
  • Turning points in physics  
  • Electronics  

Assessments

Paper 1

What's assessed

Sections 1 – 5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)

Assessed

  1. exam: 2 hours. 85 marks 34% of A-level

Questions

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

Paper 2

What's assessed

Sections 6.2 (Thermal Physics), 7 and 8

Assumed knowledge from sections 1 to 6.1

Assessed

  1. exam: 2 hours. 85 marks 34% of A-level

Questions

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

Paper 3

What's assessed

Section A: Compulsory section: Practical skills and data analysis

Section B: Students enter for one of sections 9, 10, 11, 12 or 13

Assessed

  1. exam: 2 hours 80 marks 32% of A-level

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.

Entry requirements

6 in GCSE physics or 6 in science and 6 in additional science are required. In addition to this, grade 6 is preferred in mathematics at GCSE, although grade 5 will be considered.

Assessment

100% examination.

All students taking A level science will have to complete 12 required practicals in each science subject. Students will be assessed on a range of skills and competencies and will be awarded a pass or fail for these at the end of year 13. Whilst obtaining the practical endorsement will have no effect on the overall grade, universities have informed the exam boards that any student wishing to study science at university will need to pass the practical component of the course. The content and skills covered in the practicals will also be examined in the written papers and so students will need to make sure that they complete all required practicals.

Future opportunities

A Level permits entry into many top universities and other higher educational institutions.  Courses to consider are medicine, engineering, space science, computer science, scientific research and development, and teaching.

A Level physics is highly regarded by employers and can lead into many professions.     

 

Further information

As with any A level qualification, there is an increased demand for students to work independently Students, therefore, must expect to study outside of lesson time and will be expected to work for approximately five hours a week outside of lessons in order to complete the work to A*-C grade standard.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 18 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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