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International Baccalaureate - Physics - Higher Level at The Rochester Grammar School

Course description

Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences as it is the science of measurement- from the tiniest sub-atomic quark to the breadth of the whole universe.

You may want to consider this subject if you would like to choose a career as a Physicist or one of any number of careers such as Engineering, Medicine, Design, Astronomy and Meteorology. This is a most highly respected subject, applicable to many professions.

 

Course content

Physics is offered at HL only.There are three parts to the syllabus which are:
- The Core
- Additional Higher Level (AHL)
- The Options

The Core: This comprises of a number of topics including:
1. Measurements and Uncertainttiies
2. Mechanics
3. Thermal physics
4. Waves
5. Electricity and Magnetism
6. Circular Motion and gravitation
7. Atomic and nuclear physics
8. Energy production

Additional Higher Level (AHL): The AHL Material includes:
9. Wave Phenomena
10. Fields
11. Electromagnetic Induction
4. Electromagnetic Induction
12. Quantum Physics and nuclear physics

 

 

Entry requirements

Due to the rigour of the course entry requires Mathematics GCSE at A grade and either Physics GCSE at grade A*/ high A or Core and Additional Science at A*/A*.

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In order to gain access to The RGS Sixth Form, students must obtain 5 GCSE grades at A*-B (5+) including English Language and Mathematics.

Assessment

Internal Assessment
(a) Investigations
(b) The group 4 project

This work is internally assessed by the teaching staff and externally moderated by the IBO.

(a) Investigations
There are 8 assessment criteria:
- planning (a) (such as hypothesising)
- planning (b) (such as designing)
- data collection
- data processing and presentation
- conclusion and evaluation
- manipulative skills
- personal skills (a) (such as team work)
- personal skills (b) (environmental impacts)

(b) Group 4 Project
This allows the student to appreciate the environmental, social and ethical implications of science.

Students analyse a topic or problem, set ina local, national or international context, which can be investigated. The project is divided into 4 stages for a total duration of 10 hours:
- Planning
- Definition of activities
- Action
- Evaluation

External Assessment
There are three externally assessed written papers covering material from the core, AHL (forhigher level students) and options topics. Additionally data-analysis and

interpretation skills willbe assessed, as well as the understanding of practical procedures based on the set practical tasks covered throughout the course.

 

Future opportunities

You may want to consider this subject if you would like to choose a career as a Physicist or one of any number of careers such as Engineering, Medicine, Design, Astronomy and Meteorology. This is a most highly respected subject, applicable to many professions.

Further information

The I.B.O.s mission statement:

'The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.'

IB learners are:

- Enquirers
- Knowledgeable
- Risk-takers
- Thinkers
- Good communicators
- Principled
- Open-minded
- Reflective

The ideal IB student will also have acquired a sense of caring and compassion, and will recognise the importance of a balance between his/her intellectual, physical and emotional needs.

If you require any further information please contact Miss Hemming at The Rochester Grammar School.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rochester Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2016
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