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Physics AS & A Level at Barking Abbey School

Course description

The new syllabus has been in place since September 2015. Traditionally, wherever possible, practical work is used to complement learning.

Physics is a subject that seeks to understand the behaviour of the physical universe around us. The subject provides an important background for students who wish to study a technological, engineering or scientific subject at a higher level or work in a related field. This subject provides a good grounding for many jobs in a technologically based society.

Course content

AS level Physics

This will consist of 5 topics: Measurements and their errors, Particles and radiation, Waves, Mechanics and materials, Electricity

A level Physics

This will consist of all the AS level content, plus the following topics: Further mechanics and thermal physics, Fields and their consequences, Nuclear physics and one optional unit chosen by the school.

Entry requirements

Minimum GCSE Grade BB Double Award Science and Grade B in Physics. GCSE Maths at least Grade B. (not Applied Science GCSE)

Assessment

AS Level

40% of the marks on the paper will be for mathematical skills in physics, which will be at the level of GCSE. This means that your mathematics must be strong.

The material will be examined in two papers. Both papers will be 1 hour and 30 minutes and will examine all content covered on the course. Each paper is evenly weighted. Note that the practical skills will be examined separately, giving a separate certificate on practical skills (but not count towards the final grade). This will be done by continual assessment throughout the course.

A Level

The material will be examined in three papers. 40% of the marks on the paper will be for mathematical skills in physics, which will be at the level of GCSE. This means that your mathematics must be strong.

Paper 1 will cover the AS topics and Periodic Motion, while paper 2 will cover the rest of the core topics. Paper 3 has compulsory data analysis based on practical skills and then the optional topic chosen. Each paper is 2 hours long and is fairly evenly weighted. Note that the practical skills will be examined separately, giving a separate certificate on practical skills (but not count towards the final grade). This will be done by continual assessment throughout the course.

Future opportunities

Commerce, Engineering, Environmental, Industry, Computing, Finance, Civil Service, Medicine and Research

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barking Abbey School directly.

Last updated date: 28 October 2016
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