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Physics AS and A Level at Emmanuel College

Course description

The course is divided into eight core topics and one option topic. These are:

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)

12 Turning points in physics (A-level only)

In Year 12, topics 1-5 and a practical skills topic are taught in three parallel strands. Similarly, in Year 13, the same three strand structure is adopted, with topics 6-8 & 12 being delivered. Accreditation at stand-alone AS and A Levels are possible.

Entry requirements

Students should achieve a high B grade (separate award) or a strong A grade (dual award) and at least a B grade in both English and Mathematics. In addition students must have a subject teacher recommendation.

Assessment

Paper 1

What's assessed

Sections 1-5 and 6.1 (Periodic motion)

Assessed

  • written 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

  • written 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

  • written 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 two. 

Future opportunities

A Level Physics can open many doors into higher education. It is also highly valued by many employers.

A physics student can expect to choose from careers in physics itself, electronic, aeronautics, engineering, geology and computing, among others. A Physics A Level is also a common choice for those pursuing careers in medicine, architecture, aviation and the armed forces.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Emmanuel College directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2016

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