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Physics AS & A Level at The Wellington Academy

Course description

A-level Physics allows students to appreciate how fundamental Science works and to study optional topics that particularly interest them – including Astrophysics, Medical Physics and Applied Physics.

There are six units in the specification – three at AS and three at A2. Four of the units are assessed by exam. There are two units assessing investigative and practical skills. These can be completed via a teacher-assessed or examiner-assessed route.

A-level Physics builds on the concepts and skills developed in the Physics GCSE and is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Additional Science course or equivalent.

Course content

The two AS theory units provide alternative starting points for the AS course.

Unit 1 invites teachers and students to start AS Physics by venturing into the field of Particle Physics and providing a new interest and dimension to their knowledge of the subject.

Unit 2 allows teachers to plan progression from GCSE and to develop topics already familiar to their students.

At A2, the two A2 theory units present a generally context-free approach to GCE level Physics, as at AS Level, leaving teachers to select the contexts and applications which bring the subject alive.

The first unit of the A2 course develops further the knowledge, understanding and applications of Mechanics and Fields.

Unit 5 covers Nuclear and Thermal Physics in Section A and provides a choice of optional topics from former Specification A in Section B.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C at GCSE including English and maths plus subject specific requirements

Assessment

AS Level

Unit 1 – PHYA1 Particles, quantum phenomena and electricity 

  • Written Examination – (70 marks/120 UMS), 6 or 7 structured questions 
  • 1¼ hours 
  • 40% of the total AS marks 
  • 20% of the total A Level marks

Unit 2 – PHYA2 Mechanics, materials and waves

  • Written Examination – (70 marks/120 UMS), 6 or 7 structured questions 
  • 1¼ hours 
  • 40% of the total AS marks 
  • 20% of the total A Level marks 

Unit 3 Investigative and practical skills in AS Physics

either 

  • PHA3T, Centre Marked Route T – 50 marks 
    Practical Skills Assignment (PSA – 9 raw marks) 
    Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA – 41 raw marks) 

or 

  • PHA3X, Externally Marked Route X – 55 marks 
    Practical Skills Verification (PSV – teacher verification) 
    Externally Marked Practical Assignment (EMPA – 55 raw marks) 
    20% of the total AS marks 
    10% of the total A Level marks 

A2 Examination 

Unit 4 – PHYA4 Fields and further mechanics

  • Written Examination – (75 marks/120 UMS) 
  • 1¾ hours 
  • Section A is 25 multiple choice questions, each worth one mark. 
  • Section B is a written paper of 4/5 structured questions and consists of 50 marks. 
  • 20% of the total A Level marks

Unit 5 – One of Units PHA5A, PHA5B, PHA5C, PHA5D

  • Written Examination – (75 marks/120 UMS) 
  • 1¾ hours 
  • Section A: Nuclear and Thermal Physics – 40 marks – Compulsory section 4/5 structured questions 
  • Section B: one of the following options. 
  • Each paper has 4/5 structured questions and 35 marks. 
  • Options: 
    A – Astrophysics 
    B – Medical Physics 
    C – Applied Physics 
    D – Turning Points in Physics 
  • 20% of the total A Level marks (Section A 10%, Section B 10%) 

Unit 6 Investigative and practical skills in A2 Physics

either 

  • PHA6T, Centre Marked Route T – 50 marks 
    Practical Skills Assessment (PSA – 9 marks) 
    Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA – 41 marks) 

or 

  • PHA6X, Externally Marked Route X – 55 marks 
    Practical Skills Verification (PSV – teacher verification) 
    Externally Marked Practical Assignment (EMPA – 55 raw marks) 
    10% of the total A Level marks

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Wellington Academy directly.

Last updated date: 30 September 2016

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