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Physics A Level at Withernsea High School Specialising In Humanities

Course description

Physics AS/A Level is one of the most sought after qualifications for entry into Higher Education in any field, especially for courses in the sciences, any branch of Engineering and Medicine. Physics is also highly regarded by employers, who recognise that it helps to develop students' numeracy and their analytical expertise. A-Level physics is a natural progression from GCSE science and many of the topics that you have studied at GCSE will be examined at greater depth. At AS/A2 we follow the AQA specification A course.

Course content

Year 12 (Lower Sixth) Lessons

Topics include: Particles, quantum phenomena and electricity, Mechanics, materials and waves and Investigative and practical skills


Year 13 (Upper Sixth) Lessons

Topics include: Investigative and practical skills, Fields and further mechanics, nuclear and thermal physics and an optional topic.


Assessment in 6th form science, will include a mixture of both formative and summative assessment.

Students will complete at least one formative assessment per topic. Feedback will be given and students will be expected to use this to improve their work. These assessments will cover a wide range of skills but longer essay type questions/plans for experiments etc. will be typical in this type of assessment.

At the end of each topic students will complete one summative assessment. These will take the form of past exam questions and will be marked on a % basis. Grade boundaries will fluctuate to reflect the most recent grade boundaries in national examinations for each subject. However, an example is given below.

47% = E,   54% = D,   59% = C,   66% = B,   73% = A,   80% = A* (A-level only).

The summative assessment grade will be used to report progress for students. At the end of the course external exams will count for 75% of each course with 25% of the grade coming from controlled assessment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Withernsea High School Specialising In Humanities directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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