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AS/A2 Physics at The South Leeds Academy

Course description

Student will follow the AQA Physics course A which picks up on familiar areas like Electricity and Forces and Motion as well as introducing new topics such as Particles and Quantum Phenomena.

The A2 course takes the Forces component further, whilst introducing students to Fields, the Nature of Light and Special Relativity.

Practical work is integrated into the course throughout the two years, and forms part of the assessment process, as does an ongoing programme of past examination questions.

Course content

Student will follow the AQA Physics course A which picks up on familiar areas like Electricity and Forces and Motion as well as introducing new topics such as Particles and Quantum Phenomena.

The A2 course takes the Forces component further, whilst introducing students to Fields, the Nature of Light and Special Relativity.

Practical work is integrated into the course throughout the two years, and forms part of the assessment process, as does an ongoing programme of past examination questions.

Entry requirements

Grade B or better in GCSE Physics, including at least a grade B in unit P2 (additional physics), and grade B in one other GCSE Science or double B in double award GCSE Science (core and additional) higher tier. Students with the minimum grade B will be accepted on the course for an initial trial period.

Assessment

The AS Course is assessed by three units

Unit 1 Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity  -  40% of total AS

Unit 2 Mechanics, Materials and Waves  -  40% of total AS

Unit 3 Investigative and Practical Skills - 20% of total AS

Units 1 and 2 are both assessed by a 75 minute written exam made up of 6 or 7 structured questions.  Practical and Investigative skills are assessed internally by the Academy.

The A2 course is also assessed by three units

Unit 4 Fields and Further Mechanics - 40% of total A2

Unit 5 Nuclear and Thermal Physics and Turning Points in Physics  -  40% of total A2

Unit 6 Investigative and Practical Skills - 20% of total A2

Unit 4 is examined by multiple choice and structured questions.

Unit 5 is assessed by structured questions only and some of these may have a synoptic element assessing all areas of the course.

A complete A level qualification is made up from the AS and A2 marks.

The AQA have introduced longer, descriptive questions into their examination papers both at AS and A2 level and students will be assessed to a small degree on their quality of written communication.

Future opportunities

Highly regarded by top universities (Facilitating Subject).  Good for many career paths such as Architecture, Engineering, Medical Careers and Research-based careers.  Works particularly well in combination with Maths and also fits in with Biology, Chemistry and Product Design.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 November 2014
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  • Start date: Next September

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