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Physics GCSE at Weatherhead High School

Course description

Qualification :General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board :OCR (OCEAC)
Category :Science - Science and Mathematics

Course content

Over the two year course you will cover six Physics modules:
P1 Energy for the Home - including Heating Houses (the difference between heat and temperature); Keeping homes warm(energy efficiency and reducing energy losses from homes); How insulation works (energy transfer by conduction, convection and radiation) ; Cooking with Waves (dangers and uses of infrared radiation and microwaves); Infrared Signals (how we use infrared radiation); Wireless Signals (global communications and advantages of wireless transmission); Light (digital communications using light); Stable Earth( Seismic Waves, UV radiation and Global Warming).
P2 Living for the Future - including Collecting Energy from the Sun (photocells and solar heating); Generating Electricity (how power stations work); Fuels for Power (economic and environmental costs of using different energy sources); Nuclear Radiations (uses of radioactivity); Our Magnetic Field (related to our existence); Exploring our Solar System (problems in visiting other parts); Threats to Earth (strategies for avoiding asteroid collisions); The Big Bang (evolution of the Universe).
P3 Forces for Transport -including Speed (transport and road safety); Changing Speed (acceleration); Forces and Motion (effects of forces and stopping distances); Work and Power (power ratings and fuel consumptions); Energy on the move (sources of energy for transport); Crumple Zones (collisions in terms of energy, acceleration and force); Falling Safely (forces); The energy of games and theme rides (energy transfers).
P4 Radiation for Life - including Sparks(electrostatics in our lives); Uses of Electrostatics (including uses in medicine); Safe Electricals (Fuses and Earthing); Ultrasound (uses); Treatment (properties of waves in medicine); What is radioactivity? (Properties and uses of nuclear radiation); Uses of radioisotopes (including smoke alarms and cancer treatment); Fission (producing electricity from nuclear fission).
P5 Space for Reflection - including Satellites, gravity and circular motion (uses of satellites and what keeps them in orbit); Vectors and Equations of Motion (understanding the motion of objects); Projectile motion (paths taken by objects through the air); Momentum (in collisions); Satellite Communications (why we use microwaves for communication); Nature of waves ( interference of waves); Refraction of waves (optical illusions); Optics (the uses of lenses in cameras).
P6 Electricity for Gadgets - including Resisting (resistors to control volume and speed in devices); Sharing (LDRs and thermistors); Motoring (how electric motors work); Generating (how electricity is generated); Transforming (uses of transformers); Charging (diodes and capacitors); It's logical (logic gates); Even more logical (combining logic gates).


In Year 11, you will be assessed through three areas:
Physics B Unit 1 - Exam (P1, P2 and P3) 1 Hour (33.3 %) - January Year 11
Physics B Unit 2 - Exam (P4, P5 and P6) 1 Hour (33.3 %) - June Year 11
Physics B Unit 3 - 'Can Do' Tasks and 'Science in the News' assignment or Research Sstudy/Data Task (33.3 %) - entered in May/June Year 11

Future opportunities

The Triple Science option is ideal if you wish to study any of the three sciences at AS or A2 Level. It will give you a more in-depth of knowledge in each of the three disciplines and a better foundation for those wishing to pursue a career in Science.

Further information

The Physics GCSE is studied as part of Triple Science, where you will be awarded three Science GCSE grades, one in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course structure is similar for each Science - Modules 1 to 4 are common to the Double Award and are taught within the main timetable allocation for Science. Modules 5 and 6 are covered as additional units to achieve the individual science GCSE. To ensure content of all modules is covered appropriately, an hour long extra-curricular 'Triple Science' lesson run each week, on a rotational basis with Biology and Chemistry.
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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weatherhead High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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